You may have seen today’s author cruising around the blogosphere lately promoting his new book that’s featured here today, Eternal Road: The Final Stop. Read on to learn why this author thinks a ghost would have him exorcised from the house instead of the other way around. Welcome John W. Howell!
Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?
I think I would rather spend the night in a haunted house. There are two reasons for this choice. The first is I have always been interested in the paranormal and would welcome the possibility of having a ghost interact with me. I would pump them for information on eternal life and other dimensions. It would probably end that the spirit would try to find an exorcist to get rid of me. The second reason is I have this creepy feeling every time I lay in a coffin. It’s not fear of death; it is a fear that someone would slam and lock the lid. To run out of air is not the way I want to end it all. Let me tell you I’ve laid in plenty of coffins, and that feeling never goes away
Name three items you’d take to spend the night in a haunted house.
First would be a bottle of bourbon. There is no way I’m going to be caught stone-cold sober face to face with a ghost. The second would be my trusty cell phone. I would want to record the appearance of anything that moved. Sure, I may catch a roach or two but would be sure of not missing an aberration should one appear. The last thing would be a fresh pair of boxers. I want to be ready for any horrifying sight that may present itself.
Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?
Since I have used a Ouija board and declared with right hand raised never to touch one again, I’ll have to choose séance. I would love to have someone channel an exciting person. I know I would want to talk to Kurt Vonnegut. I would love to ask him what he considers his most important work. Who knows, he might not even mention writing? He may pull something obscure out of his hat like bagel-making or something. It would be fun to find out.
What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?
The hardest scene to write was the sex scene in Eternal Road – The Final stop. The reason it was so hard is the two characters have been friends since childhood. Both are dead and are in a state of grace, trying to select an eternal home. Yes, they are as near to angels as a soul can get. So why are they having sex? Now you get some of the difficulty. They have sex because their souls are under the influence of residual effects present in different Earth time periods. In short, human conditions such as hunger, pain, weariness, and lust are tainting their pure existence. The scene had to pass a semblance of scrutiny by some who might consider the book somewhat religious. My assumption in writing the scene is religious people have an enjoyable sex life but don’t necessarily want to read graphic details of others having sex.
Which comes first for you – plot or characters?
Since I am a died in the wool punster, the characters always have to come first. I rely on the characters to help create the story. If I tried to plan the information in advance and then fit characters into it, I think I might be in a bit of trouble. In my mind, I have clear ideas about my character’s personalities and possible reactions to situations. So, what I do first is lay out the last three lines of the story. I then go back to the beginning with this very rough idea of where the plot needs to end up and start writing the first chapter. My characters then join the ensemble (Me and them), and we develop the story together. Usually, my books start with a simple idea for a plotline. Where it becomes a little more complicated is as a result of character influences.
Describe your writing space.
My writing space is quite simple. It is an office in our home and has a desk with nothing on it except a brass carriage clock, silver pitcher, and a globe. The carriage clock needs winding, and I have misplaced the key. The pitcher holds pens and pencils, none of which work. The pens are dried out, and the pencils are new and need sharpening. The globe is there because it looks terrific, sitting on the corner of the desk. I face the door and a wall. The door is usually shut because my French Bulldog Twiggy will come in and bark. She barks at the mail person and anyone else who may come down out street. We live on a cul-de-sac, so anyone on the street is considered an invader. The windows overlooking the street come down to about a foot off the floor, so Twiggy (the French bulldog) can easily see. When she wants in, she uses another door but has to walk around to it, which is a natural inhibiter. On the wall is a painting by Maine artist John Gable. It was one I bought from him at his home back in the early 80s. It is of a car that is waiting for a parade to start. It spoke to me of my hometown, Detroit, since the artist began his career in automotive design. Behind me is a massive bookcase and credenza. My PC is on the credenza since I use my MAC while at my desk. The PC is used only for publishing. There are copies of selected books on the shelves, along with some personal items. There is one copy of each of my books as well. The floor is tile, and the desk and chair sit on a piece of carpet. All in all, I find it very conducive to writing.
James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.
The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.
The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.
It is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle. The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th
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John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store
John lives in Lakeway, Texas, with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
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