The Lonely Lady

by | May 22, 2024 | Author | 0 comments

My novel, “The Lonely Lady”, is about true love and overcoming incredible odds to be with that special person. It is also about making difficult decisions in your life and the consequences of that decision.

I was inspired to write The Lonely Lady for several different reasons. First, I had an idea of a time travel story but needed the basic elements of motivation and how time travel would occur. My wife is a big romance reader and her sister brought over a few books by a well-known romance author. I picked one up and started to read it. The story was a mystery with the romance propelling the events that occurred. My wife suggested that I try to write one. (more on a dare) I researched genres of romance and found the ‘paranormal’ genre which suited me. I am more of a sci/fi and horror writer so this was a good match.

My target audience is romance readers, however, science fiction readers will also enjoy the story.

In most of my stories, my goal is to engage the reader to think and reflect upon their life, whether it’s about their place in the universe or if the circumstances in the book could take place.

Future plans for The Lonely Lady are to advertise more on social media sites and to attend book fairs with the book at center stage.

I am a big Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath fan. My first Sabbath concert was in 1974 as a senior in high school. In 1977 I traveled with a friend in a blinding snowstorm for three hours to Pittsburgh to see them, (and another three hours back to Erie Pa where I was in college) and have attended many Ozzfests over the years. One year, I was in the middle of the lawn and a mosh pit broke out behind me. Of course, I did not see it and ended up in it, (Not by design) At first, I was embarrassed by it, but now I wear it as a badge of honor.

In college, I was a member of the Pershing Rifles which was named after General John Pershing who was best known for going into Mexico after Pancho Villa after border towns in Texas were being pillaged. General Pershing was also the Commander of the Allied troops in WWII.

The Pershing Rifles is a drill team and fraternal organization that practices intricate moves with rifles in competition with other colleges. I have two fictitious stories titled Pershing House about my college days in the Pershing Rifles. One is a short story in my first book ‘Short Stories to Read While You Wait’, and the novel edition is, ‘Pershing House.’

I live approximately 4 miles from Monroeville Mall (near Pittsburgh) where George Romero filmed the original ‘Dawn of the Dead’. My wife and I go there about once a month to see new films. The ice rink has long been converted to a food court but each time I am there, I feel like a part of film history.  Years earlier I snuck onto the set of ‘Creepshow’ for a day/ night. The story being filmed was with Steven King as the main character finding a meteor in his yard.

The original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits are favorites of mine. I never get tired of watching the episodes, and Vincent Price is my favorite actor. Films by Walter Hill and Ridley Scott are especially appealing to me. Ridley Scott takes on massive epics such as Napoleon, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down, and Walter Hill has a unique way of displaying conflict and drawing out the best in the actor.

Lastly, my wife and I have adopted cats over the years. Or they have adopted us. Two have since passed, Boris and Natasha. If someone had asked me a year ago if I believed in ghosts, I would have said ‘no.’ People move on to the light, heaven or hell, or what have you. That all changed recently when I would wake up at 3 a.m. with the feeling of pressure on my legs as though a small four-legged creature was walking over me. Just like Natasha would do when she was alive.

One night I felt the pressure on my leg, then it moved up and the pressure rested against me. I googled pet ghosts and read similar stories. In fact, I could have signed my name to any number of articles with the exact same experience. The first few times it was unnerving, but I have since gotten used to it.

 And yes. I do believe in ghosts.

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