Friday, May 8, 2015

Clusters: Case of the Missing VBT

Seven year old Olivia Baxter and her dog vanish while playing in the front yard of her family's home. After a week of searching, Olivia's body was suddenly found in the closet, even after the police had thoroughly investigated the home.

Ethan Franco is a troubled journalist working for the Washington Gazette. His inability to move on from the past has deflated the passion he had for his career, causing him to lose his edge. Frustrated with Ethan Franco, but not wanting to lose his once star journalist, Editor-in-Chief, Jameson Stone assigns him a story to cover as a last chance to prove he could be the reporter he once was.

Ethan Franco begins his investigation into the mysterious death of Olivia Baxter and other unexplained disappearances, believing there may be a connection in the cases. No sooner did Franco begin his investigation then he realizes he is being tailed by government agencies.

Large footprints in the woods, strange sounds, foul stenches, and a looming government presence become pieces of the puzzle in cases of the missing.

Inspired by real events, the author of the Bohemian Grove trilogy and the Apocalypse brings forth a story that has been kept a secret for over a century -- a story that a large group of people are still trying to keep under wraps.

Just as Michael reached for the pot of coffee, replaying that scene in his head for the thousandth time, a noise from the back room stopped him. Claire was closest to the hallway where the sound came from and she spun around quickly, drawing her gun.

Deena shot up to her feet, her eyes bright with concern. “Who’s back there?” she whispered to the officers.

The Captain shook his head. No one was back there. Michael had checked the bedrooms just an hour before, like he had done every morning, hoping to find some missing clue as to Olivia’s sudden disappearance. Claire backed up to the north side of the hallway while Sean and Craig flanked the other side, their guns drawn as well.

The noise came again, clearer this time. “Is that a dog?” Claire whispered, her eyebrows drawn together in a deep V.

Whimpers filled the home, followed by – scratching? Claire narrowed her eyes as they made their way quickly down the hallway toward Olivia’s bedroom, with Michael leading. As they entered her room it was clear where the noise came from.

“I think that’s our dog,” Deena said, wide-eyed.

The rangers all exchanged looks. The family dog had disappeared the same morning as Olivia.

Michael approached Olivia’s closet door and motioned for Craig and Sean to flank his right. He opened the door in one quick motion just as the frightened looking dog bounced out of the closet, causing Michael to stumble back at the sight inside.

Deena’s tortured scream pierced the air as she fell to the floor, crawling over to the dead body of her little girl, curled up on the closet floor.

T.M. So how did you get started writing?
I was listening to a song on the radio while taking a bath one night when I had an idea of a woman I wanted to write. Since my background was business and marketing I thought I’d write a blog around this empowering women that might inspire my clients. Next thing I knew, I had a full-length science-fiction novel.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I’m not limited by my genre. If I wanted to write something, I’d write it – whether I think I’d be good at it or not. That doesn’t mean I’d necessarily get it published, but I would definitely follow my heart in writing what compels me.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
I can’t see myself writing military – I just don’t have an interest in it. Which means I don’t really read it either. If I even tried I’d do a terrible job. I don’t know the first thing about the genre or even anything about the military.
There are so many genres out there that I’m sure there’s plenty that I haven’t read. But I really do try to read everything I can. With that said, if someone really recommended a military book to me that they loved I’d be open to reading it. It’s just not something that’s on the table right now.

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
I’m finishing my Bohemian Grove trilogy (The first book that started my career in 2013) and also my stand alone psychological-thriller/horror called Children at the Window. Both due out this Spring and Summer. I have a very full 2015 and 2016 writing schedule which I keep my readers up-to-date on, on my blog.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Probably baby blue or grey or pink. I seem to own a lot of things in those colors.

Favorite movie?
There are so many! Thomas Crown Affair, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, Ever After, Seven, We’re the Millers, The Others, Oceans 11, Last Holiday, Hunger Games…

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
Being invincible. I’d love to see what really goes on in the White House – and publishers offices.

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Thor, Cleopatra, Charlie Chaplin – I can’t think of a more interesting experience than that!

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Carter from the Bohemian Grove trilogy. I write a lot of horror so I’d like to think I’m not like the characters in those books.

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Author Bio and Links:
T.M. Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story. Once she discovered the writing bug she couldn't stop. Since starting her writing career late in 2012 she has gone on to write several more novels, including two Amazon best-sellers.

She writes Experimental Fiction and Non-Fiction. She is also a freelance journalist, copywriter, and public speaker.

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  1. What a great interview. I have always wanted to write but have not had the courage to take the step yet. It's funny where you can get your inspiration from. Sounds like a great book!

    1. You only have one life. If not not, when?