Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by. I had intended to write up a little bio for my first post, but I’ll skip that. Maybe that will be my second post. What I’m really excited about right now is my novel, “Sisters of Sorrow”. (That’s the working title, I may change it, not sure yet.) I just finished the first draft, but it probably won’t be ready for publication until early 2015.
I have written several short stories and novellas, but this is the first novel I have completed. I think it’s awesome and everyone should read it… which is a sure sign that I am a newbie. However, the few gamma readers who have perused its pages tell me it has great potential – after I fix all the lame parts. So, without further ado, here’s a long, rough synopsis of the premise.
Warning: Violent convent, reader discretion advised. This story contains sadistic nuns, morally ambiguous witches, unhinged orphans, and an industrious living dead thing.
Anna Dufresne is a child laborer in a turn of the century shoe factory, hidden away in the foggy, brooding coastal islands of Washington State. The factory, which doubles as an orphanage, is run by the Catholic Church and serves as a dumping ground – both for orphans who are not welcome at finer institutions, and for nuns who have disgraced the church. The walls of Saint Frances de Chantal’s Orphan Asylum hum with secrets and buried scandal.
Since her arrival five years ago, Anna has been trying to escape. She has watched as her friends die of malnutrition and exposure in their deplorable dormitory halls. She has seen them maimed and killed by the heartless machinery of the factory. She lost her own little finger, not to the factory, but to the sardonic abbess in charge of Saint Frances’s. And the physical dangers pale beside the psychological. Anna knows she must escape or she will lose what little sanity she has left.
Anna finally gets an unexpected break when the abbess assigns her to clean the drainage tunnels under Saint Frances’s. Deep below the subbasement of the ancient orphanage, from beyond the iron-gated mouth of the drainage pipe, something speaks to Anna. She tells herself it’s a boy, but she knows better. The voice, Joseph, offers her a key, and promises freedom, if she will come to him when she escapes.
She accepts without hesitation.
In the days that follow, as Anna prepares to flee, rumors begin to surface about a spy among newly arrived nuns, even the possibility that a witch has sneaked onto the island. Anna hears whispers of grave danger coming to Saint Frances de Chantal’s. She fears for her friends, but she has the key, and she has Joseph, and there is no turning back now.
Anna’s escape attempt triggers a chain reaction of chaos– shaking the orphanage to its foundation, laying bare its deadly secrets and calling back into being things long dead. Anna is forced to confront unearthly terrors in the swirling mist of the island, terrors from her shrouded past, and a truly unsettling mystery concerning the quality of her own soul.
And that’s just Book 1, Book 2 gets really exciting.
Keep watching, I’ll let you know when it goes live.