Just In Time for Halloween: Lover’s Dead Mother

This week my latest book is being released. Lover’s Dead Mother is a paranormal romance which should make a good read for fans of Halloween and scary stories. “Lover’s Dead Mother” is a paranormal romance novel about Garrett Fisher is a hard-working paralegal for a prestigious law firm in Nashville, Tennessee and he has problems with relationships.  The problem is his mother.  She is clingy, needy and sabotages any relationship he has with a woman.  The problem is…his mother is dead. Garrett’s dead mother ruined his last relationship with Sheldon Lewis, a rising Country Music artist.  Sheldon even writes a song about it and becomes an overnight hit. The more Garrett tries to free himself of his mother’s ghost, the more havoc she brings into his life. She causes some mysterious deaths which directly affect Garrett’s life.  Garrett finds comfort in his feelings for another woman, Alexandra Carrington, the ghost of Carrington Mansion.  There is a war brewing in the spirit realm.  Will Garrett finally break free from his mother’s grip?  Can he finally find true love?

Here is my interview with the author of “Lover’s Dead Mother”:

THIS BOOK IS SO DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE. WHY THIS ONE?

I just write whatever inspires me. I don’t think you can put me in a category or genre. I have written a medieval romance (Knight of Redemption) and Christian fiction (Passing Toward The Prize) so I’m sure people don’t know what to expect from me. That keeps them guessing which is probably a good thing.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THIS BOOK?

Actually, it all started with a device I have used for writing drafts. It is an Alphasmart NEO which is a keyboard with a small LCD screen. I had wondered what would happen if someone from the spirit world wrote messages on it. I had heard of automatic writing and connected the two and this story evolved from there.

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE PARANORMAL AND GHOSTS. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS YOURSELF?

No. I have never see or encountered anything. I think there are explanations for these types of things other than ghosts and what people say about this activity. That’s probably why I could write this book so freely because I don’t believe in them so – to me – it IS fiction.

IN THIS BOOK, THE MAIN CHARACTER HAS A MEDDLING MOTHER WHO IS A GHOST. HOW IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOTHER?

My mother passed away a few years ago. Sadly, we did not have a relationship and she definitely made my life difficult with her manipulation and interference. I guess you could say she was partly the inspiration for this story. Some people say to not speak ill of the dead but no one said you couldn’t write a fiction novel about it. Seriously though, I think people deal with their estranged relationships in many different ways.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

It didn’t take long to write the first draft but it took a long time to get it ready to be released. For me, writing the first draft is the easy part. The hard part is the editing and formatting. It has taken about two years to get it released but some of that was due to allow me time to attempt to find an agent or publisher to publish this book.

TELL US ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR A PUBLISHER.

It’s a pain. When I first started in writing, you could approach publishers and submit your manuscripts directly to them. Now, you can’t. Most require agented submissions. Querying agents is just as difficult as it was to query publishers. So, after allowing about a year to go the traditional route, I have deferred to self-publishing.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE HOLLYWOOD AGENT WITH THIS BOOK?

Shortly after I finished writing the book, I had contact with someone that helped me with contacting an agent in Hollywood. I can’t tell you their name but after sending my manuscript, I received no interest and no response about his interest in making it into a movie or anything more. I guess that’s how it can be in Hollywood.

WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL?

There could be a sequel but I don’t plan on it at this time. I have other projects to work on. It really depends on how well the books does.

WHAT HAS PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE BOOK?

My wife said she wouldn’t read it at night before going to bed. She describes it as being scary and gorey. I don’t really think it is gorey but there are some intense scenes in the book. Another said it reminded him of “Psycho”. I don’t know. I have read it so much between editing and formatting that it doesn’t affect me anymore. I just hope the readers will enjoy it.

Links to the book:

ebook/kindle format:

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

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A Strange Request at a Piano Bar

Short Story

I walked into the piano bar near the carnival where I worked. There had been a lot of controversy about juveniles being allowed in but when I entered still wearing my mask from my show, no one really cared about checking my age.

I had traveled with the carnival since I ran away from home and an abusive father two years ago. I may have been considered a juvenile in age but no in life experiences. I still felt a bit awkward when I approached the bartender. He looked at me with a gruff and asked: “Whadda ya have?”

I told him I wanted a sassafras spritz with a twirl of apple. He looked at me side-eyed and let out a deep sigh. He returned with my drink and one sip sent me straight up in my seat.

The bartender laughed.

“That’s the best version of this drink I have ever had. What did you do different?” I asked.

He leaned toward me and said: “It’s all in the oxidation of the apple son.”

I drank more and more.

The next morning I was face down in my trailer behind the carnival. I tried to get up but discovered I had sprained my ankle.

“What happened?” I asked my roommate.

“Too much of that apple twirl dude. You ended up singing on top of the piano. We had to come get you when you fell off the piano and sprained your ankle.”

I shook my head and said to myself: “Well, how do you like them apples?”