CHARACTER INTERVIEW with Alibi, the main character.
Tell us about your family.
My family. Hmm. Are we talking about the living ones or the non-living ones that hang out at my house? Living, there’s just me, my mom and dad. Non-living, there’s Grandpa Edgar and my cousin Kyle.
So, as you have probably guessed, we keep secrets that normal people might not accept or will hold against us if they find out. Sometimes it makes us look standoffish. But we’re not. We are friendly people. Or at least we try to be under the circumstances.
You see, the minute you tell someone that a family member listens to dead people talk and relays messages to their grieving loved ones, people start looking at you funny.
Actually, there are usually two types of reactions. One is they raise their eyebrows, take a few steps backward and say, “O-kaaay. See ya.” The other is they duck their head a little, give a knowing smile then ask, “Really? Think she will do that for me?”
It’s not an easy position to be in. So, we usually keep it quiet. Dad is cool with it. He’s learned to accept Mom’s ‘weirdness.’
Trouble is, I’ve started hearing and sometimes seeing those folks on the Other Side, mostly Grandpa Edgar and my cousin Kyle. They sometimes influence my behavior. And Dad’s not used to that. But, he is in what Mom calls a state of acceptance now. He’s given my ‘weirdness’ a nickname: A case of the H.I.B.E.S. (Heavily Influenced By Entity Spirits)
So, as a family, we spend more time trying to look normal than anything else and it’s soooo exhausting! We had to stop inviting visitors to our home because the living ones weren’t always ready to accept the non-living ones when they appeared unannounced, blasting the volume on our TV, slamming doors and floating aromas (that were not always pleasant—Kyle brought in a dead skunk one time—Mom was not happy!). And my best friend, Daisy, has agreed to a sleepover many times and always finds an excuse to go home shortly after she arrives. The only reason she stayed that one night was because her mom was out of town and she had no choice.
I used to find it rude when the Other Side just arrived, uninvited, making all kinds of annoying noises, smells, and interfering with our appliances. But, then Mom asked me, “Ali, if you desperately wanted to talk to me and you were now invisible, how would you get my attention?”
So, I try to be more understanding toward the spirit world. Kyle doesn’t make it easy though. He loves it that he can play pranks on me and never get into trouble. He crossed over with Grandpa Edgar in a car accident when he was about my age and he has not matured even a little bit!
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I’d have to say it was the night Grandpa Edgar walked out of my closet. After he had died. I Super-glued my door shut the next day. Dad wasn’t too happy and Mom said that it wouldn’t help. Grandpa Edgar was my first ‘ghost viewing’ and he’d probably be back. And she was right.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I’d apologize to my Grandma Shirley for putting my Easy Bake oven cake pan, filled with gooey chocolate cake mix, in the slot of her old VCR and hitting the fast forward button. I was about 7 and at the time it seemed like such a good idea. But she moved away and later died before I got the chance to say I was sorry. I have a feeling she suspected it was me, but she never accused me. She was that way. And those few times we talked on the phone never seemed like the right time to bring it up. Mom says writing her a note now is just as good because the spirit world enjoys a good handwritten letter now and again.
What would we find under your bed?
Well, with having a prank-playing non-living cousin like Kyle, there is no telling. But the rest of the time, you might find my cat, Grimalkin.
What makes you happy?
Low humidity. (I have naturally curly hair.) Finding something I thought I’d lost forever. (Sometimes visiting spirits hide my stuff to get my attention.) When Daisy’s brother, Oak, talks to me like I’m more than just his sister’s best friend. (Okay, yes, I have a little crush on him.) And finally figuring out what the messages from the spirit world really mean. (And no, things are never what they seem.) But, definitely not in that order.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Yes. “It looks like it’s going to be another one of those days when the dead won’t stop talking and the living won’t listen.”
Alexandra ‘Alibi’ Vernon is the eleven-year-old daughter of a psychic medium whose behavior is repeatedly influenced by kids from the Other Side. From building sub sandwiches in her sleep to sneaking into a stranger's attic, Alibi has her innocence challenged on a regular basis. Since her mother is fairly new at medium work, she only schedules two readings a week. However, this particular week, she accidentally schedules five readings, five days in a row. During this time, each child from the Other Side has a mysterious clue for Alibi to unravel, and she begins to notice each clue is connected in some way with the other readings. With a bit of ghostly charade playing, lots of trouble dodging, and the help of her deceased relatives: Grandpa Edgar and Cousin Kyle, along with her living but scaredy-cat best friend, Daisy, Alibi is able to solve the mystery and help all five grieving parents simultaneously.
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If you were invisible and couldn’t be heard, what single thing would you do to let your loved one know you were in their presence?
· Blast their car radio with your favorite song.
· Create the scent of roses and float it by them.
· Make a can of Dr. Pepper fall out of a drink machine when they walk past it.
· Push a book off of a shelf and have it open to a significant quote or scene.
· Stop the clock on a time that meant something to both of you.