Last Saturday morning was too much fun! Joe Schreiber, author of two brand new novels, Star Wars: Death Troopers and No Doors, No Windows, came and spoke to our writer's group! Joe's a great guy, loves to talk, gave us tons of great insight into writing and the business. And told lots of stories about Storm Troopers who showed up at his book signings.
I can't go anywhere or meet anyone fun without someone tagging along, of course. If I remember, tomorrow I'll show you what Mr. Monkeysuit got himself into last week, that stinker. But this time it was Fred & Bessie, whining about how they hadn't been out of the house in ages, that life was so boooooring.
So I brought them along. First thing they did? Tried to hijack a book signing. Bad cows.
Joe didn't seem to mind, though I'm not sure he's thinking kind thoughts here:
I read half of Joe's first book, Chasing the Dead, last week. Made the same mistake I make with the other horror novels I've gotten part way through - I read it in the dark. A little more than half way through, the conversation went something like this:
Me: Self, I think we need to be done with this book. We're sitting in a dark car, reading with the dome light on. The woman's baby girl has been kidnapped. She's picked up a hitchhiker. So far there are three dead people, one not so dead (anymore) person, and a voice on the other end of her phone, demanding things.
Self: I agree. We're done.
Me: Well. That was surprisingly easy. How 'bout if we pick up this book tomorrow when it's daylight and finish it?
Self: No. No, not ever.
Me: But I want to know how it ends! Will she get her little girl back? Will the voice on the phone be found out? Killed? Will the woman reach her destination?
Self: Maybe I wasn't clear. No. H - E - Double Hockey Sticks NO.
Me: Are you s-
Self: I'm sure. No.
So. I didn't finish Chasing the Dead. But if horror and suspense are your thing, it's very well written. If you decide to read it, please tell me how it ends? I do want to know. But not badly enough to give myself nightmares for weeks.
I do plan, however, to read Star Wars: Death Troopers. I haven't picked up a Star Wars novel in over a decade, but this doesn't sound like the typical SW novel. Sounds spooky. I'm hoping I can make it all the way through.
If you'd like to see photos of the Storm Troopers who showed up at the signings, head over to Joe's blog, The Scary Parent. I'm jealous. I know my Storm Trooper loving Hunny is jealous.
Oo! Another novel came out simultaneously with Death Troopers - No Doors, No Windows. It's a haunted house book. I think I might work up the nerve to give that one a try too!
Again, please let me know if you finish Chasing the Dead. Tell me how it ends!
Until I write again ...