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Dear Amazon Readers:
I never really know where my stories come from. I only know where I come from, and that’s from a family of morbidly curious people.
One of my aunts told me that my grandparents used to take their three daughters to the Greyhound bus station on Friday nights. They’d watch the passengers coming and going, and make up stories about them. Of course this was in Peoria, Illinois, in the pre-TV era, when entertainment was largely a do-it-yourself proposition.
Still, I think the world can be divided into two camps of people: those who come and go and get on with the business of life—and the rest of us whose business it is to wonder what other people are doing and why and with whom.
The 43 Old Cemetery Road series (so numbered because I was 43 years old when I started writing the first book, Dying to Meet You, and couldn’t remember a three-digit address) is full of faces and places I’ve wondered about over the years. Spence Mansion--home to Ignatius B. Grumply, Seymour Hope, and the ghost of Olive C. Spence--is based on an actual house in Peoria that my sister (and illustrator) Sarah and I rode by on our bikes hundreds of times as a kids. We never knew who lived there--I still don’t--but I’ve wondered about that place for decades. If I were ghost, I know I’d want to hang my hat (or opera glasses) in an old Victorian like that house.
And who wouldn’t want to write their Last Will and Testament in limericks as Noah Breth does in Till Death Do Us Bark? I’ve always loved reading obituaries, especially those of eccentric old millionaires. They’re the ones who can afford to do the really loony things the rest of us only dream about doing.
I consider reading obituaries part of my job as a writer--and as a person, too. I think we have an obligation to be interested in one another; to wonder, as my grandparents wondered, about other people’s lives.
So for me, writing fiction is only a small step from watching people at a Greyhound station. The only difference is that the bus station is my desk, and I have to create the passengers and follow them to their final destination, spying all the while, without getting kicked off the bus.--Kate Klise
This was given as a gift for a grand daughter. She loved it and hopefully will find more books by Kate DlisePublished 14 months ago by fatsome
Ordered this for my grandson for christmas. It was one he requested and I think a great book. Content of book - sutiable for 8-10 year old.Published on December 30, 2012 by Gayle Ledyard
Till Death Do Us Bark (43 Old Cemetery Road) was a great read for my daughter. It was delivered in great condition. It was also delivered in the timrframe expected.Published on August 25, 2012 by luckyducky
Life (and death) at 43 Old Cemetery Road, Ghastly, Illinois (the old Spence Mansion) is once again in an uproar. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Dienne
This was our introduction to the 43 Old Cemetery Road series and was such a fun read.
The story is told through letters, newspaper articles, and limericks. Read more
I have to say that I've NEVER seen a book like this. It's written in a letter-style with different fonts and what-have-you, which took some getting used to. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by critters
Usually, the first book in a series is my favorite because you are learning about everything for the first time. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by C. Maynard
Having absolutely loved the first two books in the 43 Old Cemetary Road series: Dying to Meet You and Over My Dead Body, I had little doubt I would love this one, and I was not... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by fredtownward