Published Date: January 24, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
Evil spirits have begun arriving in Sean's small suburban hometown. The ghost of his Grandmother tells him it is up to him to stop them. To help him in this struggle she gives him a Celtic Cross necklace handed down through the generations that open hidden doors, and a pet rattlesnake. Also, his middle-school classmates - Aaron, Tammy, Maeve, and the twins Sam and the Sham - rally around him. But as more and more evil spirits gather Sean will need much more help than this to stop the destruction of not only his family but also his school and all of Shadytown. His Grandmother says help is coming But she is only a ghost stuck in a bog. Sean feels completely overwhelmed. And that's before he even confronts the demonic tree in the field behind his house.
10 Things I Didn't Know About Becoming a Published Author
This blog could be split into 2 separate blogs by inserting the words 'good' and 'bad' between '10' and 'Things'. Since it wasn't, I'll do that myself and list 5 of each. Whenever a good news-bad news joke gets told, the good news is told first. Since this isn't a joke, I don't feel compelled to follow that formula. So here are 5 bad things:
1. I am not comfortable making personal appearances. I am much more comfortable sitting at a keyboard in front of a computer screen on my desk in my basement office. I'd rather converse with the characters in my head than with flesh and blood beings.
2. I am not comfortable putting myself out there. I'd rather be writing my next book than writing this.
3. I do not have the temperament for sales. I tried that once long ago going door to door trying to sell home fire alarms. I didn't sell a one, earned not a penny for my troubles, and felt humiliated begging to get back the job I quit in order to do this.
4. I didn't know this would be so hard or take so long. I have been at this since my pre-teen years when I wrote poetry, then song lyrics, then a record review column, then short stories, then novels, then stage plays, then a web site, then screenplays, then more short stories, then more novels, then novellas, then a travel blog. Just remembering all that effort makes me tired.
5. The time writing takes away from other endeavors. I have compensated all my life by sleeping less so I could get up early in the morning to write. That meant I usually got 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night most of my life. Since I have retired I now get 6 to 7 hours a night. That's quite an improvement.
Now comes the good part - 5 good things:
1. I LOVE DOING THIS! There is no other thing I would rather invest my time in. I feel more alive crafting a story than at any other time. The only thing that comes close is when I'm hiking through the wilderness up a mountain along a beautiful stream to see an incredible waterfall. Nothing else touches this.
2. The sense of achievement when something I have written is published, be it in digital format or in print on actual paper. Sometimes I just sit and stare at the covers of the magazines, anthologies, and books that contain my stories.
3. Meeting other writers. I can talk politics with my political friends and talk sports with my sports friends, but I get really enthused talking writing with my writing friends.
4. How much I have learned. I enjoy doing research for my stories. With the Internet, this has become much easier. No more trips to the library or digging through encyclopedias (for younger readers, imagine Google printed out on paper). For example, I wanted to come up with some activity that could be done in a bog. I came across an article about moth walks. I had never heard of such a thing before (they are much more popular in
Europe than here - I learned that
in my research). I have never had the opportunity to go on one. But from
reading accounts of moth walks people (mostly Europeans) have posted online, I
got a general sense of how they went. So I put a moth walk in the part of my
novel 'Shadytown' that took place in Cedar Bog (which by the way is a real
place in Ohio).
5. How much hope is involved. It's easy, so I'm told, for people my age to endlessly mull over the past and yearn for younger days. Not me. I'm always looking forward for the next story to tell or the next book to be published. I'm always hoping for more.
Although the list is split evenly, the good greatly outweighs the bad. And the bad is getting better. I recently set up a book launch event for my new MG novel 'Shadytown'. Didn't hurt a bit, and I kind of liked the people I met. I'm looking forward to it and meeting I hope a lot more people.
Mike Sherer, author of 'Shadytown'
About the Author
Mike Sherer lives in the Greater Cincinnati area of southwest Ohio. His screenplay 'Hamal 18' was produced in Los Angeles and released directly to DVD. His paranormal suspense novel 'A Cold Dish' was published by James Ward Kirk Fiction. He has also published 4 novellas and 18 short stories. Links to all these are posted on his website: www.mikesherer.wordpress.com Also on the site is his ongoing travel blog 'American Locations', and information about his MG novel 'Shadytown', which is to be published January 2020 by INtense Publications.