Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Ghost Box
Sometimes I find it hard to pay attention to daily life while I'm writing. Phone calls go answered, emails ignored, friends and family thought of in passing but sure to be there when the story is finished. The world stops for us while we write. Everything is on hold except the story.
The last year has been like that for me. On top of starting White Cat Magazine, I finished writing two novels- "Tainted Blood" and "The Ghost Box." which are now in the edit process. They're both a bit dark and wild. In "Tainted Blood," mercernaries track an ancient werewolf through the cities of Detroit. A great deal of this sort of thing occurs unnoticed in the streets of Detroit, especially during hockey season.
"The Ghost Box" is the novel I wrote after seeing artist James Baxter's painting "Incident at Track 13." I was writing a ghost story at the time, saw the painting of what looked to be a Civil War alien abduction, and suddenly saw how to blend my story with that imagery to make a suspense novel revolving around aliens, ghosts and a paranormal investigation gone bad. It's based on a true story. Okay, maybe not, but after living in that world as I wrote the novel, it seemed more real than daily life.
You see, it's tough staying in touch with the real world when you write this kind of stuff. Then again, writers live most of their lives in the worlds they create; we just visit reality every now and then to drop off our laundry.