The Something In the Attic
Set in Napa County, California in the 1940's, The Something In the Attic introduces Kiki Moore, a 13-year-old girl whose family finds refuge on a run-down prune ranch while her father prepares to go off to war. When Kiki's mother, Emily Moore, becomes the target of dangerous, unexplainable accidents, Kiki discovers a ghostly presence and is drawn into solving a 30-year-old mystery.
This story weaves the complex dynamics of military families, rural California life, and father/daughter tensions into an absorbing, paranormal coming-of-age tale.
B. Payton-Settles draws on a fragment of her own childhood in descriptions of the book's setting and the ghostly energy propelling this story toward an unexpected conclusion. Although written to appeal to the Young Adult reading audience, it is a good read for any age level.
About B. Payton-Settles (Petaluma, California Author)
B. Payton-Settles, a resident of Petaluma, California, is a writer, an editor, and a teacher. Her novel, The Something In the Attic, was published in 2015, and she's currently researching a title for her second novel, a thriller of a different sort.
Payton-Settles, whose paternal grandparents owned and operated newspapers in the State of Kansas, worked as a Reading Specialist prior to focusing on her talents as a writer. She considers herself a born wordsmith.
Membership in Sonoma County's Redwood Writers Club and dogged participation in a critique group have played a pivotal role in Payton-Settles' emergence as a writer after a career in education.