The Underground is hidden for a reason. Certain locals want to keep their lair secret, no matter the cost.
After learning a long-held family secret, Theodore Cooper is set adrift. Once well off and set in his ways, he is no longer sure of his role in society. He leaves his comfortable life in
Cooper doesn't know that a massacre had taken place in his new house. In 1851, a group of bounty hunters tracked a family of runaway slaves to the home. They wound up killing the homeowners as conspirators, then chased the runaways into a cellar tunnel leading to the Underground. The bounty hunters cornered the slaves and killed them. To everyone's astonishment, the slaves then rose from the dead. Over time, the bounty hunters chose to stay below ground, taking advantage of their new slave labor to build what they term "
Their numbers are augmented by deathbed miners who are offered immorality in exchange for their subservience and labor.
Below a town struggling to survive both the Great Depression and the closing of the local coal mine, there lives an immortal society built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.
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My most recent release is a paranormal/psychological horror novella called Loss. It’s sometimes hard for me to describe my stories off the cuff, so here’s the Amazon description: After Angie Chandler's husband dies in a car crash in which she was driving, her life comes undone. Though her soul mate is gone, her memories of Paul linger as she tries to recover at their secluded wooded estate. Ostracized from Paul's family--the only family she has really known--Angie's life spirals down a dark path of alcohol and pills. In the blur of constant self-medication, Angie is in no position to know what is happening to her. Is Paul haunting her? Has she gone mad? Or is there another possibility, something far worse?
I’m curious to see readers’ reactions to Loss. I have a feeling it might be quite divided; people will love it or hate it. But I’m okay with that. It was a story that wanted to be written, so that’s just what I did. The story might not go in the direction readers are expecting, and there’s at least one major twist in the ending.
Tell us about your next release.
My wife pointed out awhile back that I often write about “children in peril.” When I thought about it, I had written a bunch of stories with children protagonists in the ensemble of characters, and since I write edgier material, there’s often peril involved. But I also realized I had never written a full-blown coming-of-age story. So that’s how my upcoming release Nothing Lasting came about. It’s about a boy named Noah who moves with his father to take possession of his recently deceased grandfather’s house. Noah’s parents are divorcing, and he’s a stranger in a new town, but his life seems to brighten when he meets a girl named Jenny. Since I’m writing it, there are some dark sections and a slight supernatural element as well. I will be releasing Nothing Lasting in the next month or so.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I love hearing from readers! I wrote for two decades before I started my indie publishing journey, and throughout those years I wrote in isolation. I had no way of knowing if I had talent, or if anyone would ever want to read my stories. Every time I hear from a reader, it brings a smile to my face. Readers often drop me a note to let me know how much they like my characters and that they feel like real people.
Tell us about your family.
My wife and I will be celebrating our fifteenth anniversary this summer (and twenty years total as a couple)! I married my high school sweetheart. We have three boys; 9, 6, and 5 months.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I don’t currently use a pen name, but I’m planning on developing one over the next year as I branch off into a genre that no one would ever expect from me. Don’t ask me what it is, because it’s a secret!
Do you play any sports?
I ran cross country and track all through high school and college. I try to keep at it, but it gets difficult with how busy my schedule is. A few years ago (when I had more time to train) I actually raced a 50k (31 miles). My day job has changed since then. Right now, I just want to stay fast enough to stay ahead of my kids!
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
If you don’t love writing, don’t bother. If you can’t stop thinking about your current story, if inside your head lives a tapestry of your plot and characters, keep at it. Hone your craft. Never stop learning. Never stop challenging yourself. If you’re planning on being an indie writer, take pride in your story, sure, but work just as hard on your editing, formatting and cover.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I do most of my writing before my family wakes up. I oftentimes wake at 4 a.m. I get up grudgingly, and I’m a grump. Hmm… can I be neither?
Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Beatles a million times over. “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Eleanor Rigby…” I could go on. The Beatles were my first favorite band when I was a kid. There music still holds up.
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