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.

Love Interests Interview with Sarah Grifton

This is Shelby Norstrom from the online website, Love Interests, a forum on relationship issues. We ask hard questions but provide solid answers from people who have been there. Today we are happy to introduce Sarah Grifton, lead vocalist with the very popular Christian rock band, Forever Yours. We are so happy we finally managed to catch Sarah who is in between gigs.

Hello, Sarah and thank you for being here today with Love Interests. And I love your singing voice Sarah. It has to be one of the best voices I have heard in a very long time.

Hello Shelby and thank you for the compliment. It is a pleasure for me to be here.

Sarah, can you tell me as a Christian person, how is it that you are now divorced from you husband? How are you able to reconcile being Christian and being divorced?

(Sarah sighs.) Well, for one thing, my ex left me. I did not leave him. And our marriage had not been a good one.

How do you mean your marriage was not a good one? Did it have anything to do with Bill not being a Christian?

(Sarah shakes her head.) Bill is very career oriented. Having things meant a lot to Bill. He always stressed having a high paying job and having the vacations, the big house, the cars. He thought that should be every person’s goal. You couldn’t have those things if you didn’t have a high paying job in a good company. Bill wasn’t very happy that I spent so much time with the church and then with Forever Yours.

I guess Bill didn’t know the Bible.

No, unfortunately not. At least, he kept ridiculing me and the children for going to church. He said it was a waste of time.

How did you meet Bill? I thought you were high school sweethearts.

Well, we met in high school, that’s true. At that time, it was expected to get married right out of high school. When Bill and I started dating, he didn’t want me to go to university while he was studying. (Sarah shrugs her shoulders.) I just thought that I would go to university later. All of our friends were getting married and they kept asking us when we would follow suit. I guess, it was just expected.

Was Bill a good father?

(Sarah bites on her lower lip.) He was when the children were young. But as he climbed the corporate ladder and the children got into their teens, things changed. His expectations for them grew. He kept telling them that without a business or science degree, they would not get a corporate job. He kept buying things or taking us on vacations and then saying that without a good job they could not have these things.

What did Bill think of your oldest daughter becoming an archaeologist?

(Sarah closes her eyes.) He was really angry. But then he did not see her graduate from university with her archaeology degree.

Where is Bill now?

(Sarah inhales and lets her breath out slowly.) We aren’t sure. (She hesitates.) I have tried to locate him but he is somewhere in Europe. We just aren’t certain where he is. I’m sorry, Shelby, but I just can’t go into any more of this. (Sarah gets out of her chair and leaves the stage.)

 

 

 

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.