Amanda in New Mexico, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Lisa Burton

Welcome all you research junkies, and skeptical paranormal fans. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my very special guest today is Amanda Jane Ross. She’s only twelve, so let’s make her feel welcome. “Hi, Amanda. Thanks for being on the show today.”

“Hi, Lisa!! I’m totally excited about being on your show. But I am a little nervous as I’ve never been on the radio before.”

“My bio says you hail from Calgary, Canada. That’s a pretty interesting place. What can you tell us about it?”

“Well, it is famous for The Calgary Stampede. I am in grade six and attend Guy Weadick Elementary. Did you know the school is named after a cowboy who started the Calgary Stampede?  I used to think it was a pretty boring place as nothing exciting ever happens in Calgary. But my friend, Leah, came to visit from England and she thought it was fun because we went to a big old ranch, rode horses in the foothills and joined a cattle drive. It was fun, until a mean cowboy locked us in an abandoned cabin. Leah says those things only happen when she’s with me. She thinks I attract trouble.”

“That’s always the way, isn’t it. The world is interesting, but home is boring. I understand that you’re calling in from a field trip right now. That has to be fun, right?”

“Right! It is so amazing here in Taos, New Mexico. Ten of us from class were chosen to go on this cultural trip because we are creative. For instance, I like to write stories, others are into drawing, painting or photography. It’s great because we get to stay at an old house that belonged to a woman, Mable Dodge Luhan, who invited artists and writers to stay here a long time ago. She’s dead now but they still use her place for class trips, artist retreats and things like that. It’s kind of creepy though because it’s old. My roommate, Cleo, keeps saying she sees ghosts everywhere we go. As if! I personally don’t believe in ghosts.”

“Don’t be so sure, Amanda. I’ve seen some things that might make you think otherwise.”

“Well, she, Cleo that is, said she saw a young girl in a flowing white dress standing by a donkey cart at the hacienda we visited. She even drew a picture of her. No one else saw her. Then she said the same girl pushed her into the stream at the Taos pueblo. Can you believe it? Caleb, a classmate, thinks she’s a bit crazy. But then later, when I went to check out the old graveyard, something pushed me over the stone wall and into the tombstones. I was all alone, there was no one else around. It was just really windy. So what was that all about??”

“I get you, it’s odd stuff, but not blood oozing down the walls scary. I’d be mad too if a mysterious wind kept messing up my hair.”

“Totes, Lisa. Not only that, I got into big trouble for being in there too. I mean, I love checking out old graveyards, it’s one of my favourite things to do. But I wouldn’t go in one if it wasn’t allowed. I hate being accused of stuff I didn’t do on purpose. It ruined my day big time!

“We‘ve seen some weird things here already, like the figure of Dona Sebastiana, the female saint of death at the Hacienda de los Martinez. Boy, was she scary looking. Why did the lights go out just when I was staring at her in the Santos Display Room? And what about that bizarre painting that changed appearance when they put the lights out at the church of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just too weird and unexplainable. That’s also where Caleb and I found skeletons in a derelict building and Cleo went missing only to be found in that very same building. She said something about the ghost of the girl making her go there, or some silly story. Honestly, I think she really is disturbed.

“We are off to visit a genuine haunted hotel in a place called Cimarron. Apparently, there are a number of ghosts who hang out there including the wife of the original owner and a cowboy who was shot while playing cards in the gambling room. I mean he still has a room there!! It’s locked and no one is allowed in that room. A pretty good story, don’t you think. Perhaps it’s good for business. I wonder if Cleo will see him or if her ghost girl will join us?”

“Okay that sounds cool, and kind of creepy at the same time. Maybe you can ask him what’s going on around you.”

“Well, personally I don’t believe he exists and would love to prove it. Anyway, it will be fun to go there. Other famous folks stayed at the hotel like Annie Oakley and Wyatt Earp. I’m a bit of a history geek and love that kind of connection to history. Maybe I’ll get some good ideas for stories.”

“Amanda, keep up with your writing, and try to enjoy the trip. Don’t get too caught up in all this mystery, and try to experience the things in front of you.”

“Thanks, Lisa, I plan to enjoy this trip in spite of Cleo and her ghost obsession. I must say I do worry about her though. I would like to get to the bottom of these weird events. We’ll be here for the Day of The Dead. Maybe then I can get some answers.

“This has been awesome fun, Lisa. You are so cool. I can’t believe I’m actually on a radio show!! Thanks so much for having me.”

“We wish you an exciting trip, and thanks for agreeing to this interview.

“You can learn more about Amanda and her adventures in the Amanda Travels series by Darlene Foster. I think starting with Amanda in New Mexico is a great idea. I’m a sucker for a ghost story.

“Don’t forget to use those sharing buttons on your way out today. I’m sure Amanda and Darlene would do it for you, when your character appears on the next Lisa Burton Radio.”


Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

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Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series about a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places.  Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. A world traveller herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, in Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot.

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78 responses to “Amanda in New Mexico, on #LisaBurtonRadio

  1. Amanda is very excited to be featured here on Lisa Burton radio. Thanks!!

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  2. wow – amazing feature and introduction!!

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  3. Wonderful to see you here, Darlene! Sounds like hijinks ensue on Amanda’s adventures – I enjoyed meeting her.

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  4. What a great interview! That sounds so scary! I love the idea of going to Cimarron and look forward to reading all about it.

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  5. A delightful sounding book. I would have gobbled this up as a kid.
    Best wishes to Darlene!

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  6. Sounds like a great adventure. Wishing Darlene much success!

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  7. The Amanda Travel series sounds like a lot of fun. Best wishes, Darlene. Thanks, Craig and Lisa.

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  8. Amanda sounds such a fun kid. Lovely interview. 🙂

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  9. Sounds like Amanda attracts adventure!

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  10. Sounds like Amanda and her classmates are in for a bit of ghostly trouble. Fantastic interview!

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  11. A very entertaining interview. I really enjoyed reading some of the Amanda books with Michael.

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  12. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this latest edition of Lisa Burton Radio featuring Amanda in New Mexico by Darlene Foster from this post on the Entertaining Stories blog.

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  13. Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    I have had a wonderful summer being interviewed and guest posting for many amazing blog sites. This is a fun interview with Amanda on a virtual radio station. Pop over and have a read, I know you will love this clever way of introducing a character, thanks to Craig Boyack.

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  14. You did great, Darlene! I remember the first time I was on radio–intimidating! And I had to have the right headphones. What did you use?

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  16. This sounds like quite the adventure! I think I could do without the ghosts though 🙂
    Enjoyed the interview, Lisa and Craig.
    Best of luck, Darlene!

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  17. What a great interview – creative, informative, and fun to read.

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  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Darlene Foster has written a wonderful series for children and young adults based on the adventures of Amanda, who has traveled to New Mexico, England, Spain, Arabia, Cruised on the Danube and ridden horses in Alberta. Today we meet Amanda in person courtesy of Lisa Burton, radio presenter extraordinary on Craig Boyack’s blog.. fantastic..

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  19. I love the very candid interview with Amanda. But, I believe in unsettled spirits and Cleo has reason to be concerned because she is sensitive to the energy. 🙂

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  20. I love it when characters are interviewed. After all, they’re REAL, as real as the readers allow them to be. Hi Amanda! You are a smart and brave 6th grader!

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  21. Loved the interview…so clever!! Best to you Darlene!

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