Though I have always wanted to write professionally, to actually have one of my novels published surpassed my wildest dreams. Theme Music is my first novel to be published, but it is not the first novel I wrote.
In my late twenties I wrote a horrible novel with the equally horrible title of “Shadowman.” Thankfully, it was never published, but I look back on that sad, pitifully ill-conceived novel with great joy and affection. It proved that I could it. I could start and finish a work of fiction. I could build and develop characters. I could determine and implement a plot. And most importantly, I could type fast enough to keep up with my brain.
I would have loved to keep on writing, but a girl’s gotta eat, which I did consistently for twenty-five years. Until I got laid off. Truly, a blessing in disguise. It didn’t take me more than a couple of seconds to decide to sell my house, cash in my 401k, and start writing full-time.
I am currently working on my next novel, and can’t stop thinking about the one after that, and the one after that.
An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly
For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was left alive, infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter.
Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember, so when her childhood home goes up for sale, Dixie sets aside all reason and moves in, re-creating a macabre decor with her family’s salvaged furniture. But as the ghosts of her family seemingly begin to take up residence in the home that was once theirs, Dixie starts to question her own sanity and wonders if the evil force menacing her is that of her father, or a demon of her own making.
In order to make sense of her present, Dixie becomes determined to unravel the truth of her past and seeks out the detective who originally investigated the murders. But the more she learns, the more she opens up the uncomfortable possibility that the sins of her father may belong to another, and, perhaps most tragically, to Dixie herself. As bodies begin to pile up around her, Dixie must find a way to expose the lunacy behind her family’s massacre and redeem what little remains of her soul.
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