Some writers “hear” their characters in their heads. At least, I do. Vera Van Slyke, for instance, sounds suspiciously like a bad impression of Katharine Hepburn while Lida, her “Dr. Watson,” sounds a lot like me, only a bit higher and a bit softer. I did my best to capture this as I recorded one of the adventures from Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries. You can listen to — or download — this recording on the “Shall I Read You a Story?” page.
I also added some not-exactly-fitting video and posted the audio on the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel.
My sales pitch for the book comes at the very end, so it’s easily avoided.
Meanwhile, I’m about halfway through a first draft of the next Vera Van Slyke novel: The Hound of the Seven Mounds. It’s my weird spin on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables (1851) and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901). Those two books — though very different from each other — share key elements: an alleged family curse, a revealing portrait of an ancestor, a tragic brother, and a sinister plot to acquire wealth.
In my novel, Vera doesn’t know if she’s investigating a ghost . . . a werewolf . . . or hoax.
I hope to complete this novel before the end of the year. Until then, please enjoy my reading of “An Unanchored Man” or any of the other offerings on the Shall I Read You a Story? page. You wouldn’t hear me complain if you subscribed to the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel, too.