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Faye Summer has been haunted by a three-thousand-year-old-murdered Egyptian princess, one of the five daughters of Nefertiti and the doomed pharaoh Akhenaton, since she was a young girl...and has glimpsed her desperate ghostly face in darkened mirrors and heard her whispers in her dreams. Whispers begging for Faye’s help in uncovering the true story of her and her family’s long ago disappearances and deaths, their terrible fate, so the ghost would no longer be damned to her eternal wandering. On that grave quest, Faye and her husband, Nick, reluctantly travel to Egypt and among the ancient pyramids, sparkling hot sands and the ghosts of the past they discover a truth far worse than they could have imagined and end up fighting for their own survival.
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The Origin of The Calling
Or why I love stories of ghosts and ancient Egypt so much
written this 3rd day of December 2015
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In 1992 I'd already had two novels published by Zebra paperbacks, followingthree I'd sold myself to Leisure Books between 1984-1989, and my agent atthe time (who I no longer have) wanted me to write two more novels for Zebra soshe could lock in a double book contract. I've always loved ancient Egyptianstories since I'd been a kid so I had this idea to write about the time ofNefertiti and Akhenaton. I'd read somewhere that no one ever knew what hadreally happened, in the end, to Queen Nefertiti and her four remainingdaughters after Akhenaton set them aside and eventually died-or was hemurdered? Two of the greatest mysteries of ancient times. It intrigued me. So Ithought: what if a modern day woman, Faye, was haunted all her life by the longdead ghost of one of those daughters until she agreed to travel to Egypt anduncover the truth? A truth that was really just my theory to what could havehappened to Nefertiti and her daughters, not necessarily what did happen. Aghost craving vengeance and justice over something-foul murders-that hadoccurred millennia ago; who wouldn't/couldn't rest until the truth was revealedfinally to the world.
Hmmm. I had to do a lot of research in libraries because that was beforewidespread Internet, personal computers, e-mail attachments, and editing trackchanges, of those ancient times but then the book fell easily into place. Ofcourse, there'd be other ghosts, curses, evil priests and Egyptian themedmonsters filling the pages along the way trying to keep them from finding outthe truth as well as the adventure itself of Faye and her husband reluctantlyflying off to the sultry Egyptian deserts to solve the mystery and release Fayefrom the dangerous haunting.
I actually used the same research a few years later to write two more stories,the erotic horror short story The Nameless One and a moreromantic time travel novel I called Egyptian Heart. Waste not, want not,always being my motto.
The Calling, I thought, was a good book but by the time it came out in1994 I'd already lost my sympathetic editor at Zebra and they'd cut a wideswatch of their midlist horror writers from their stable in a massivereorganization. I've been in a few of them in my time, believe me. Ah, the lifeof a writer! Without notice or reason, they'd dropped my other book on thedouble contract, Predator, a horror novel about a dinosaur loose inCrater Lake, which still exists in all the computers in the Internet world likesome weird ghost book, six weeks before it went to the shelves, so it was neveractually published (I revised and self-published it as Dinosaur Lake in2012...and it's been my BEST seller of all my 22 published novels); saying that"no one wanted to read about a dinosaur"...and six months laterJurassic Park came out! The Calling they released the following year butnever pushed or publicized it much. I always thought it never had a chance.Zebra dumped me after that. So I was thrilled in 2010 when a small publisherrereleased ten of my older novels, rewritten and with new covers, in print, andall in e-books for the first time and in 2015 I went ALL IN self-publishing andhave brought out ALL my 22 novels again myself...The Calling included.Dawné Dominique did a fantastic new cover for it. Haunting, isn't it? Now thenovel has a second life, a second chance, along with all my other older and newnovels going back to my first romantic Leisure Books paperback horror novel EvilStalks the Night from 1984. Yes, I've been writing now for over 44 yearsand have been published since 1984; 22 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories...wherehas the time gone?
Is the meeting of the modern world and ancient Egypt part of the appeal ofthe story for you as a writer?
Definitely, The Calling has two parallel stories in different timeperiods running along at the same time (a trick I also used in my best selling Witchesearlier). One is the adventure of going to modern day Egypt, with all itspresent dangers, and the perils of what happened in ancient Egypt to our ghostwoman. Readers seem to like that balance between the past and present. It'shard to pull off sometimes but I tried hard to make it all work and hope I succeeded.
How important is it to maintain a balance between a realistic backdrop andthe fantastic elements of a paranormal story like The Calling?
To me, that's why I always liked Stephen King's novels...taking an ordinaryperson or people in our everyday normal world and then inserting thesupernatural in some form, usually as a threat. I've always done that also withmy novels. Introduce the unbelievable into the believable and it makes a nicecounterpoint. The readers can relate to the realism and thus they feel more forthe characters. When something happens to them, it matters. The readers canactually believe that what is happening supernaturally could really happen.I've been told that often about my novels and short stories.*** Thank you,Kathryn Meyer Griffith
About Kathryn Meyer Griffith... Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-four years ago now, and have had twenty-three (ten romantic horror, two horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance, two thrillers, and four murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press; and I’ve self-published my last ten novels with Amazon Kindle Direct and my Dinosaur Lake novels and Spookie Town Mysteries (Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away and Ghosts Beneath Us) are my best-sellers. I’ve been married to Russell for thirty-seven years; have a son and two grandchildren and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have a quirky cat, Sasha, and the three of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk/classic rock singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die...or until my memory goes. 2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *Finalist* for her horror novel The Last Vampire ~ 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS * Finalist * for her thriller novel Dinosaur Lake *All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s books can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/oqctw7k *All her Audible.com audio books here: http://tinyurl.com/oz7c4or Novels and short stories from Kathryn Meyer Griffith: Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire (2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* in their Horror category), Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper (1st Spookie Town Murder Mystery), All Things Slip Away (2nd Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Ghosts Beneath Us (3rd Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes, A Time of Demons and Angels, The Woman in Crimson, Human No Longer, Four Spooky Short Stories Collection, Forever and Always Romantic Short, Night carnival Short Story, Dinosaur Lake (2014 EPIC AWARDS*Finalist* in their Thriller/Adventure category), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising & Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation
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