Nothing is quite as tried and true as telling ghost stories around the campfire. So what better time to be talking about The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Seanan McGuire’s sequel to Sparrow Hill Road than just before IGGPPCamp! With camp on the horizon, we had a chance to talk to Seanan McGuire about her own geek loves and camp experiences.
Seanan McGuire’s Top Five Geek Loves
As members of the Geek Girl Pen Pal community know, defining your top geek loves can be difficult but always results in finding new friends. Here are Seanan McGuire’s top five geek loves:
- Wreck-It Ralph, the Disney movie. It combines some of my favorite tropes (found family, wacky adventures, terrible candy puns) with a strong story and a beautiful message. There’s no one else I’d rather be than me.
- The song “Rain King” by the Counting Crows. I collect live concert recordings, and have over eight hours of just this song.
- IT, by Stephen King. Definitely the first book on the list of the books that made me.
- My Little Pony. Generation one, 1980s old-school. I have over five hundred of them. They share my bedroom, and it makes me happy every single time I look at them.
- The X-Men. Just the X-Men.
Seanan McGuire has been reading X-Men comics forever and luckily for all of us, she gets to write for Marvel now. She made her Marvel Comics debut with the X-Men Gold Annual #2. You can read more about the touching visit to her hometown comic shop to share that news over at Marvel. She will also be writing a tie-in to Spider-Geddon with Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1.
Seanan’s Camp Must-haves
We also had a chance to ask McGuire about some of her favorite camp things and memories (spoiler: frogs played a big role). Here’s what she had to say:
What is your favorite urban legend or ghost story?
Oh, definitely the Dark Man of the Matterhorn.
What is your favorite summer camp type activity?
How do you feel about S’Mores? Do you have a must-eat food for camp-type outings?
S’mores are wonderful, but my real must-eat food for camp-type outings is campfire stew. It defined camping for me when I was a kid, and it still makes me happy today.
Did you go to summer camp as a child? If so, what was your favorite part of camp?
I did! And my favorite part was catching SO MANY FROGS. I was a very frog-centric child.
Want to chat more with Seanan about camp, frogs, X-men and more? Follow her on Twitter @seananmcguire
About The Girl In the Green Silk Gown
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown was released from DAW on July 17, 2018 as the sequel to Sparrow Hill Road. As a brief reminder, Sparrow Hill Road tells us the story of Rose Marshall, the original Phantom Prom Date, murdered in 1952 by Bobby Cross and traveling the ghost roads meandering between daylight, twilight, and midnight and helping those she can along the way while trying to avoid Bobby Cross.
In this sequel, Rose continues to try to evade Bobby and somehow find a way to end him. However, through a complicated and nefarious scheme, Rose becomes mortal. And the book is a roller coaster as she tries to find a way back to being dead but not gone. This book will make you think a little differently about everyday biological functions as Rose has to suddenly contend with those things once again.
Even with Rose alive, Seanan McGuire continues to spin the tales of this new road mythology along the Twilight where highways live. But it gets even better as old, known mythologies are woven in as a means to return Rose to her spirited form, dead but not gone. She is forced to rely on the one living person she knows, who doesn’t much like her. But the bonds formed are real and I actually cried as a result.
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is one story, as opposed to the several short stories pulled together to create the pick-up novel of Sparrow Hill Road. The difference is palpable and makes this sequel brilliant. Do yourself a favor and read it! It’s such a unique way to look at roads and ghosts in America. And I believe it all now!
About Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire lives and works in Washington State, where she shares her somewhat idiosyncratic home with her collection of books, creepy dolls, and enormous blue cats. When not writing–which is fairly rare–she enjoys travel and can regularly be found any place where there are cornfields, haunted houses, or frogs. A Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula Award-winning author, Seanan’s first book (Rosemary and Rue, the beginning of the October Daye series) was released in 2009, with more than twenty books across various series following since. Seanan doesn’t sleep much. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.