Work on Third Novel – a Paranormal story

Currently I am working on my third novel, a paranormal. Let me explain about the paranormal part.

I have watched the television shows about real life stories where people move into a haunted or possessed house. I am interested to see how people react to their situation and how they cope. A friend of mine was watching one of these shows with me and he said he would leave a house like that, which is what the people in the television show did. I looked at him and said I would stay and fight. I also don’t think it would be fair to the next family who moves into the house.

Then my mind started weaving a story out of this. About a woman and her daughter who move into a possessed house. This woman loves this house and she decides to stay in the house and fight. After all, God is more powerful than demons. This woman is a Christian woman and she asks the pastor of her church to help fight the good fight. He agrees and asks a friend of his who is an exorcist to help. I also have an angel who decides to help the family.

So while I am writing this novel, I look up books on exorcisms and exorcists. I did find a very good resource written by a Catholic priest, Father Amorth, from Italy who is an exorcist. I thought, at first, I would be frightened reading the material. But I wasn’t. I was fascinated by the information.

First of all, the number of people who are possessed by demons is much greater than I thought. Demons do not always present themselves the way we think, as in the movie The Exorcist. Father Amorth says that people who are possessed can experience continuous bad luck or ill health, especially in connection with stomach problems. He also talks about how people can be cursed by someone and the effects of the curse are very real. He gives many examples of people he has exorcised and he gives many examples of the various symptoms and curses. There are also different levels of possession and he gives examples of those.

Father Amorth also talks about how important it is for priests to be taught how to do proper exorcisms. Apparently, the Catholic church is moving away from having priests involved as exorcists but Father Amorth talks about how much exorcists are needed. He is seeing an increase in the number of people who are possessed by demons and curses.

Father Amorth is concerned with how the devil and demons are pictured in today’s society. He wishes that people would not use the image of a horned devil with a tail and pitchfork. Satan is actually a fallen angel, he argues, so he would not appear as a dragon. However, Satan is deceptive and a liar and will transform himself into these images to frighten people.

Father Amorth also does touch on how to conduct a proper exorcism. He also writes about how some people are easily exorcised while others may take years because of the powerful demon in possession of the person.

Now that I have this information, I am weaving parts of it into my story. Trouble is, I need to write during daylight hours, otherwise I scare myself. The imagination is far more frightening than watching a movie.

If you are interested, you can look up books written by Father Gabriele Amorth. He has written “An Exorcist Tells His Story” and “An Exorcist Explains the Demonic”. Amazon and Barnes and Noble carry these books.

The Goblet

Well, isn’t this interesting. My first book, The Goblet, was published with Tate Publishing. I was satisfied with what Tate did with the cover. The book could have used more editing. The book trailer was not of really great quality. Tate Publishing did set up a few book signing events. But on the whole, not too bad.

When I was ready to publish my second book, You Are Mine, I thought I would go with Tate Publishing. Handed over my check after talking to a few people there and waited. Then saw the announcements, a few months later, that they had closed their doors. Wonderful.

Now I have quite a few copies of my book, The Goblet, and decided to check out Amazon and sell the book myself. Only I discovered that there are a fair number of sellers selling my book for over $30! Wow! When The Goblet was  newly released, it was only selling for $15.99. I don’t know how many copies of my book these people are selling but I wish them luck.

I have now posted The Goblet on Amazon and I am selling autographed copies for $5.99. I have contacted Amazon to let them know what I am doing and I have asked them to make certain buyers can see my price and that I am the author. Such is the writer/author life.

I Didn’t Run

Well, there you have it. I didn’t run. God answered me pretty clearly the next day. But I don’t think it was just for me. I think it was also for all the other writers who were wondering the same things I was thinking. I wasn’t alone in my thoughts.

Wednesday  night at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference was the awards ceremony. BRMCWC offers the Selah awards for published authors in various categories. BRMCWC also offers the Foundation awards in various categories for unpublished works. I submitted my second novel to the Foundation awards in the Fiction: Mystery/Suspense category. And I placed third.

My novel, You Are Mine, won third. My heart jumped when You Are Mine was announced. Oh, and my name was announced as well. I was in shock and utter disbelief. I tried not to tremble as I walked onto the stage and had my picture taken. It happened. I won an award.

A friend of mine also won in the Foundations award for her short story. I congratulated her after and we hugged as she congratulated me. We were both in shock but we said it together. This award gives us hope. Hope that we are doing the right thing. This writing thing. Hope that our work was recognized as worthwhile. A group of our peers voted on our works and gave us awards.

I don’t like to brag about myself. In fact, I won’t do it. But the judges at BRMCWC have no idea what this award has done for me. It has put this smile on my face and this determination in me to forge ahead and write. I had been struggling with this for so long. But after my prayer to God and His pretty clear answer, I guess I better pull up my boot straps and get to work. I have always told God that He needs to hit me over my head with a baseball bat because I am pretty dense when it comes to His messages.

That was one heck of a baseball bat! Thank you God. I hope my writing pleases you.

Second Novel – You Are Mine

Excerpt from You Are Mine

“Hickory dickory dock. The mouse ran up the clock.” The long, slender fingers ran up Rebecca’s warm back. She was lying face down on a bed. She shivered as the fingers ran up her spine. Her eyes widened as she knew what would be coming next and she closed her eyes.

“The clock struck one, the mouse ran down. Hickory dickory dock.” The fingers slowly scratched down her spine and Rebecca flinched as the fingernails dug into her skin. She broke out into a sweat and squeezed her eyes shut. “No,” she thought. “no.”

Rebecca Collins pressed her hands to her temples and shook her head. Why was this memory interrupting her thoughts? She looked down at the keyboard of her laptop. She had been focused on her assignment. But this unwanted memory had invaded her attention. She raked her long, blonde hair with her fingers to the back of her head. She stretched her legs and arched her back while sitting in the patio chair. Her back was stiff and sore from being on her feet during her nursing shift at the clinic in Lahaina, Maui. She squinted up at the sun from under the protection of the patio umbrella, her eyes twitching with the effort.

After a few moments, she sighed and powered off her laptop. She brought a hand up to her glistening forehead then pushed herself out of the patio chair. She shook her head and whispered, “It’s too hot.”  Carefully Rebecca slid her feet into the leather sandals that were scattered under the patio table. ”

Rebecca thought she had left a frightening past behind, secure in a marriage with three wonderful children, living on Maui, Hawaii. Haunting memories still invaded her peace and security but she was able to push them away with the help from her loving husband, Dan.

Until one night when her past came rushing to the forefront. A man who did not want her to forget. A man who was not going to let Rebecca and her oldest son, Benjamin, go. Michael Philips is the man from Rebecca’s past and he is obsessed with Rebecca and Benjamin. Michael is willing to do anything to bring the three of them together. But Rebecca and Benjamin want no part of his plans.

Three lives that are intertwined from the past. Five innocent lives that are a part of an evil and devious man’s ideas. How far will Michael Philips really go to bring them together? Find out the steps Dan takes to protect his family.

My First Novel – The Goblet

Excerpt from The Goblet – “An object in the sand, not far from her foot, caught her attention. Sarah was not sure what aroused her suspicions, but she leaned over and brushed off the sand from the object. She pulled at it and saw that it was a goblet. It was a very ordinary, wooden goblet, which seemed to be delicate. She raised her eyebrows at it and gasped it gently by the stem. Instantly a warmth spread into her hand and glowed slowly up her arm.”

While on a family trip to Israel, Sarah hasn’t discovered just any goblet; she has come into possession of something not of this world. Something of Jesus’s very own.

The trip had been rocky so far. Sarah’s husband, Bill, was distant as ever, and her son, Alex, is disagreeable as usual. Once Sarah gets the goblet, though, everything starts to change. All of a sudden, Alex is enthusiastic about family events. Sarah soon comes to learn that this is no coincidence.

Life starts to change back home as well. Sarah and her children go to church the first Sunday at home – which is a feat in itself – only to discover that Sarah’s singing voice is inspiring everyone. The church goers all around her turn and are moved by Sarah’s angelic voice, and she joins the church band.

Everything is going right for Sarah. Well, almost everything. Her children are making better decisions, the church band is really taking off, but her husband still isn’t living up to his obligations. In fact, Sarah discovers evil forces are at work in him, and he is trying to steal the goblet.

On a last minute trip back to Israel, can Sarah save the precious relic before Bill does the unthinkable? Find out in The Goblet.

The Goblet by Sylvia Patzold is available on Amazon.