When An Idea Becomes A Book

I've been a fan of horror stories for as long as I can remember. Any tale that contains an anomaly or includes a twist ending I enjoy reading. This is probably due to my love of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone series, or admiring the way Stephen King transforms an ordinary situation into sheer terror. If you think about it: attending a prom or burying a pet is an activity people do all the time, but once King adds his macabre magic to the page, we shudder about the things that could happen.

After considering how easily our daily routine can slip into a terrifying ordeal, I began to assemble the pieces that eventually became my debut novel, "Something's Not Right With Lucy." I imagined being a child and not only seeing things that weren't there, but also considered how adults would handle such a circumstance. Would they be puzzled? Ask questions? Punish the child? Or seek some professional help?

Then I considered the magic two words of any horror novel: what if? What if the child is right and these things are actually happening? What if these are only hallucinations? And more puzzling: what would cause such a break from reality?

After years of pondering these ideas, I finally put my idea to paper. I wrote my rough draft. The main character became seven-year-old Lucy, who lives with her parents and younger sister, Daisy.

The story is written in third person omniscient, meaning the narrator discloses all of the characters' thoughts. I chose this point of view in storytelling to give the reader a glimpse of each character's reaction to the puzzling behavior of this child.

Now, after three years of developing characters, plot, and tons of research, the story is published. Lucy transformed from my imagination to pages shared with readers. My idea became a book!

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