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Grayton, a small fictional town community in western Tennessee, in 1964, is unaware of the civil rights movement taking place across the nation. It all begins with the Scholl family, as the oldest girl, Rosie, sets up a summer school and invites others to join. There are eight students all told, including two African Americans, which prove highly unpopular with the ice cream man, racist, and KKK wannabee, Joe Puckett. While the children gather during the summer vacation, events unfold around them, including a biracial relationship, a kidnapping, the death of a loved one, and the murder of a domestic abuser.

Situated in a time shortly after the JFK assassination, the residents of this community–with all their secrets and mysteries to hide–come alive and reveal themselves when the Ghost Comes Out is played. The town is left questioning who in their close-knit community could the “ghost” be as neighbors lock their never-latched doors and question each other with distrust and fear. After the summer of ’64, no citizen in that town is ever quite the same.

This is a moral tale in its way in which the good get their reward and the bad their punishment, but it also recognizes that good people can get caught in the cross fire and that no one is perfect.

Pages: 352 | ASIN: B094YVLPL7

Being An Outsider

The Sisters Spurlock Author Interview

The Ghost Comes Out follows the residents of a small town who experience a summer of events that change the residents for life. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Throughout our childhood summers, Stacy and I would spend some time in a small town very much like Grayton in the 1960’s and 70’s with our grandmother. The people were always very nice to us however as we grew older, we wondered what they did for fun since there were no movie theaters or restaurants in the area. They seemed very content to go to church and walk around the town. Being an outsider ( from the city) we began to create scenarios that helped us as we created the characters in our story.

What is the collaboration process of working together to write such an in-depth story with complex plot twists?

My sister Stacy did all of the story telling. She was retired and I wasn’t. So to get the book written, she would write a couple of pages and send them to me to read and then we would discuss how we wanted to move forward. I collaborated with her on certain topics but she was the master story teller.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

We really felt impelled to explore: strong women, sisterly love, domestic abuse, and racism which seem to be as pertinent then as it is today.

What is the next book in the series about, and when will it be available?

The next book is the second book in this trilogy series. It will take the reader to a more present time( 1990’s) and follow the same main characters in depth. As of this writing, we are still working on the second book- now that we are BOTH retired- and so our hope is to have it available by the summer of 2023.

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Grayton, a small fictional town community in western Tennessee, in 1964, is unaware of the civil rights movement taking place across the nation. It all begins with the Scholl family, as the oldest girl, Rosie, sets up a summer school and invites others to join. There are eight students all told, including two African Americans, which prove highly unpopular with the ice cream man, racist, and KKK wannabee, Joe Puckett. While the children gather during the summer vacation, events unfold around them, including a biracial relationship, a kidnapping, the death of a loved one, and the murder of a domestic abuser.
Situated in a time shortly after the JFK assassination, the residents of this community–with all their secrets and mysteries to hide–come alive and reveal themselves when the Ghost Comes Out is played. The town is left questioning who in their close-knit community could the “ghost” be as neighbors lock their never-latched doors and question each other with distrust and fear. After the summer of ’64, no citizen in that town is ever quite the same.
This is a moral tale in its way in which the good get their reward and the bad their punishment, but it also recognizes that good people can get caught in the cross fire and that no one is perfect.

The Ghost Comes Out

The Ghost Comes Out by The Sisters Spurlock tells of Grayton’s small, mysterious town. Its occupants are evidently separated from the rest of the world and yet are increasingly progressive concerning 1960s attitudes. The children of this small town set up a summer school, and all the children are invited, regardless of race. There is one person in the town however, that takes an issue with this arrangement, and he makes his feelings known.

Taking advantage of children’s remarkable nonchalance around the affairs of racial, religious, and social differences, the Sisters Spurlock spins a moral tale into a suspenseful drama, creating conflict even within the reader’s mind as to who or what might be the cause of the mysterious summer of 1964.

The concept and setting it developed were perfect for the moral messages the authors intended. I was instantly engaged from the first chapter – at first, I was under the impression the story would throw me headfirst into the action; however, I happily discovered it was merely a ploy to entrap me into the writing. Instead, the book was fantastically brought together from carefully chosen words to neatly described scenes and small, seemingly irrelevant yet desperately essential events.

Although very little to criticize, the apparent ‘stage direction’ Esq sentences such as “In Charles’ Office” were a new concept to me when reading and initially disconnected me from engaging empathetically with the book and its characters. However, this minor style choice does not draw down the overall presentation of the book. Therefore It was a delightful read, and I was left desperate for more.

The Ghost Comes Out is a riveting historical mystery filled with thrills and suspense as the characters try to figure out what is happening to their close-knit town. Covering topics of racism, biracial romance, kidnapping and murder, there is enough action to keep readers engaged and hooked from the opening paragraphs to the last page and still wanting more.

Pages: 352 | ASIN : B094YVLPL7

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