“It Came to Me in a Dream!” The Birth of Sinking Down
When I was last a guest on this blog, I wrote about how I channeled grief to produce the supernatural urban fantasy novel, Four ’til Late. At the time, I didn’t know that it would turn into the Road Ghosts Trilogy, following the core group of characters’ further adventures and a spinoff series that’s in the works.
But it might have stayed a stand alone book, if it weren’t for a dream I had the summer after I finished Four ’til Late. I hadn’t even thought much about those characters in awhile, but one night, I dreamed about the characters in a new situation. It went something like this:
Brett and Liz were hunting for a chupacabra in a state forest, using a dead raccoon as bait. Instead they find a little girl ghoul, feral and rancid, who feasts on the roadkill. Liz wants to take her home to clean her up and take care of her. Brett objects, because she is a monster and smells bad. Liz insists, and they drive the Little Ghoul home, windows rolled down. When they arrive, he says, “And what are we going to feed her anyway? We don’t have a steady supply of rotting animal carcasses!” The dream ended on a scene behind a fast food restaurant, with the ghoul feasting on rotten hamburgers in the dumpster, Liz looking proud of herself while Brett shakes his head.
I woke up laughing, and jotted down hasty, almost unreadable notes. A month or so went by and I tried to write a short story based on the dream, but it just didn’t work right as a stand alone story the way I wrote it, so I set it aside. Then it came to me: If I tied the ghoul’s story more closely with Brett, Liz, and the other Road Ghosts characters, I could turn this into a sequel! The dream became the first chapter of Sinking Down.
The novel worked far better than my short story attempt. In many ways, it flowed much easier than Four ’til Late had. In the end, I knew I’d have to write a third book (Me and the Devil) to finish Brett’s story, and a side character, Skye, would go on to have her own trilogy of books, the Tipsy Fairy Tales: Blue Spirit and Restless Spirit have been written, Mean Spirit is planned.
So, my advice is to follow your dreams. You never know where they’ll take you.
About the Author: Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.
Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four ’til Late, in July of 2013. Sinking Down was released in December of 2013, with the final title to appear in 2014.
Eric’s novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon’s Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013.
Eric’s short story, “Drag Show” appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine’s anthology series. His flash piece, “Dark Reflection”, appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He’s competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, “Killer Cure” and “Moby Me”.
Book Synopsis Sinking Down: Poor Little Ghoul
Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett’s own fate is linked to the little ghoul’s.
So it’s back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz.
A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from …Sinking Down?
Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!
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