Monday, February 9, 2015

Speculative Fiction Blog Hop

And...I'm doing a blog hop.

The previous person was Elle Chambers

Elle Chambers has been a lover of horror from the minute she heard the words, “It was a dark and stormy night.” She idolized Stephen King as a child and even attempted to put herself up for adoption in hopes that her hero would come take her under his wing and teach her everything he knew about the craft of dark fiction.

Elle is now a paranormal investigator in Ohio. She lives (mostly) alone with a black cat named Tabs and the occasional visitor from the great beyond.

She can be found on the web at

1) What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person?

I'm going to feature Dorothy Mayling. She's entirely fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set in North Carolina, in the area around Raleigh, in an unspecified "near future."

3) What should we know about him or her?

Dorothy is a middle aged white woman with two children. She starts the book as rather racist and sexist (and maybe a little unlikeable). She's pretty much, though, an ordinary woman. She makes very nice jewelry, though. She's very loyal to her husband and her boys, and determined to keep her family together against all the odds. Although, she has her own secrets - which will come out in the book.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his or her life?

Zombies! Well, people who have caught a plague that turns them into unreasoning beasts. It's contagious and the victims are violent. There goes civilization.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To protect her children, above all. Personal survival's in there, too, but really her goal is to keep her family intact as everything else falls apart all around them.

6) What is the title of the book(s), and where can find out more?

The book is "The Silent Years: Mother," and it's the first of a series of three novellas about the "Silent" plague.

Dorothy Mayling thought her worst problem was the long-standing family feud over her sister's choice of husband. Or her son's grades. Then the rumors started - bird flu in Seattle, SARS in Washington State? The truth is a hideous, terrible disease, one that slowly steals away the ability to speak and reason, turning people into nothing more than zombies. Worst of all, it was meant to be a weapon. Can Dorothy hold her family together as the world ends around them and people fall, one by one, to the silent plague?

You can get your own copy here.

7) When was the book published?

November 28, 2014. Volume 2, "Crone," was published on February 6.

On or about the 16th, visit Aurora Springer at

She says about herself:
I am a scientist morphing into a novelist. Whimsical stories in weird worlds. Science fiction and fantasy, love and war with a spice of humor. Aliens and outer space!