Mitch Franklin thinks he’s got it made when the town’s wealthiest eccentric hires him to look after her two lapdogs. Then he meets her family. Five years ago, the last guy she hired played head games the family and servants are still trying to recover from. He also wound up dead. Now, some people think Mitch might be just like him. Some people think Mitch might BE him, back from the grave. Will Mitch survive the anniversary of his predecessor’s death, or will he be another DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE?
You may read a an excerpt of A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE at http://www.marianallen.com/novels/dead-guy-summerhouse/dead-guy-summerhouse-chapter-1/.
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Interview with Marian Allen
When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I’ve been story-crazy for as long as I can remember. When I found out that people had careers writing, that’s all I ever wanted to do. My friends and I wrote “fanfic” — fiction written by fans of a particular show or book based on that world and those characters. That was good practice for writing original fiction. Eventually, I wanted to make up my own characters and my own “world”, so … I did!
Why is the theme of this project important?
Everybody wants to belong. Mitch feels like the ultimate outsider and, at the same time, the ultimate nurturer. When things start to go weird at his new place of employment, he overlooks or tolerates or accepts a lot for the sake of belonging and for the sake of protecting his new “family”.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
I learned I need to do some basic plotting before I write! But I don’t suppose that’s what you mean. I learned that, like Mitch, family means a great deal to me and that family isn’t just the people you share DNA with. Unlike Mitch, there’s a limit to what I’ll tolerate for the sake of being accepted.
How do you find time to write?
I’m lucky to have a husband who isn’t a neat freak. We’re both retired, and I’ve become adept at juggling writing and cooking, so we’re both happy. When I have a project that has to be out in a hurry, I’ll get up at 6am and work for a couple of hours before the day officially starts.
If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
Sara Marian, author of THE LIFE AND DEATH (BUT MOSTLY THE DEATH) OF ERICA FLYNN. She’s my #4 Daughter, and we’ve worked on writing projects together from the time she was knee-high to a word processor. We haven’t done anything together for a long time; it would be fun!
About Marian Allen
Marian Allen was born in Louisville, Kentucky and now lives in rural Indiana. For as long as she can remember, she has loved telling and being told stories. She writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form. Allen has had stories in on-line and print publications, on coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Her latest books are the SAGE fantasy trilogy, her science fiction novel SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING, and her YA paranormal suspense A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE from Per Bastet Publications. She is a member of Quills and Quibbles and the Southern Indiana Writers Group. You can learn more about Marian Allen at http://MarianAllen.com.