Young Adult

By Kim Baccellia

Publisher : Lachesis Publishing

ABOUT Kim Baccellia

Kim Baccellia
I'm the YA author of EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA, CROSSED OUT, and NO MORE GODDESSES.   I'm a reviewer for YA Books Central.


Following the light can't be that hard, right?  So why don't the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Steward alone?

However nothing is ever as simple as it should be, as Stephanie learns when her hidden 'gift' becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability.

If she can't learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell.  Literally.  But if she doesn't choose wisely, shemight just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light.

Because she's next on the list to be crossed out.

The Inspiration Behind Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia The inspiration behind my story Crossed Out came after a full day of attending writing workshops at the Maui Writer’s Conference back in 2004. At that time I was pitching my YA multicultural fantasy Earrings of Ixtumea to a couple agents and editors. I was also writing an edgier YA based on the craziness of my teen life growing up with a violent bipolar father. So writing a paranormal was the last thing on my mind. My husband told me he had an idea for another story. Curious, I asked what it was. Using the ‘what if’ scenario, he asked what would happen if it was someone’s job to make those crosses you see on the side of the road. That person not only made crosses but helped the dead cross over to the other side. I couldn’t help but think of my own sister, Colette that had been murdered by her ex boyfriend back in 1993. That event totally changed my whole family who never in a bazillion years thought someone we loved would be killed in this matter. No matter what anyone says, you never really get over a tragedy like that. I decided to use a personal experience I had right after the death of Colette. What would happen if those who’d been killed in a violent matter didn’t know that they were in fact dead? The main job of the ‘rescuer’ would be to decorate a cross with something that reflected the life of the recently deceased. This would help the dead cross over. Only later did I find there are people who are in charge of making those wooden crosses for MADD. One of these gentlemen even joked telling me he didn’t know that he had another responsibility with making those crosses! Another thing that weighed heavily on my mind is why just settle with crosses? Not all people believe in them. My brother-in-law is Muslim so I asked for some input on having a Muslim crossing. I also wanted to show a teen that struggles with her gift. I have a hard time believing that all people with paranormal abilities embrace them. And this feeling was reinforced with the recent TV show Psychic Kids. I hope to continue Stephanie’s story in a sequel to Crossed Out. I’m currently working on that. Also I have Dylan’s POV and maybe will revisit him too.

"Kim Baccellia mixes romantic comedy and chilling suspense into a delicious witches' brew guaranteed to bewitch young readers." - Joyce Sweeney, author of The Guardian, Holt Publisher

"Crossed Out is a fun read, Ghost Whisperer with a bit of the first seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer thrown in." - Romance Junkies

"Fast-paced and full of action, Crossed Out is a quick read that is full of colorful descriptive details." - Christine Marciniak, author of When Mike Kissed Emma

"Ms. Baccellia has done a wonderful job of making Stephanie jump off the pages...It had all the things I like: Boys, Mystery, Creepiness and Supernatural Ability!" - Reading, Writing and Waiting

"Crossed Out was a great read for fans of the supernatural, especially ghost stories; it's also a wonderful mystery that really makes you think about who you can really love and trust." - Reader Girls

"In Crossed Out, Kim Baccellia takes a few seemingly normal characters and puts them seamlessly into a paranormal life. At the end I was begging for more." - Mom's Not All