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Tag: The Color of Evil

“The Next Big Thing” Connects Writers & Answers the Question: What Are You Writing Now?

I was invited by fellow author and HWA and ITW member Brian Pinkerton to participate in this blog Q&A about the new book (or books) we are working on.

I am supposed to link to 5 other authors.

Yesterday, I took part in a Southpark Mall (Moline, IL) signing with 15 authors present, and I distributed the directions to many of the authors present. None took me up on it, but I’m waiting for Cathy Scott to get back to me. Aside from Cathy, who does not live in this remote area on the border of Iowa and Illinois, and possibly Cathy Mitchell (who lives in Canada), I spent a fair amount of time explaining what a Virtual Tour was to three of the authors present, so it is perhaps not too surprising that nobody jumped at my offer to participate in The Next Big Thing.

So, far, I have ZERO authors to link to, but I would like to give credit to Brian Pinkerton, whose novel “Rough Cut” is truly good(yes, I have read it, and I liked it), and whose new one (which he writes about on the Goodreads blog below) is, no doubt, equally good.

Here is a link to Brian’s post:


And author Cathy Scott will be posting on this blog the first week in December: http://www.womenincrimeink.com/

Question 1: What is the working title of your book?

The working title of the second book in a 4-book series is “Red Is for Rage.” The first book, “The Color of Evil,” came out in paperback in March and is the winner of an E-book Award from Jenkins group, as well as a Silver Feather from IWPA (Illinois Women’s Press Association). The second book in the series is “Red Is for Rage.” There will be two more books, the way I have it currently planned.

Question 2: Where did the idea for your book come from?

The basic story premise of a small boy with the power to see “auras” around others that tell him whether someone is good or evil was contained within a short story in my first “Hellfire & Damnation” collection, which won an ALMA (American Literary Merit Award) award. Tad McGreevy can see colors around others and, at night, he has nightmares in which he vividly relives the crimes of the evil-doers. However, he has no way to harness this power and it is not necessarily “predictive,” as he doesn’t know if the crimes are happening now, about to happen, or have already occurred in the past. The original story title was “Puffer-Fish.” That was changed to “Living in Hell” when I used the story within the first of my “Hellfire & Damnation” (www.HellfireAndDamnationTheBook.com) series. I felt guilty at leaving Tad in a bad place, so I decided to jump him forward 8 years from his 8th birthday party ( he is completely recovered and is a junior in high school) and give him a fighting chance to survive in this battle of Good versus Evil.

Question 3: What genre does your book fall under?

My book is variously classified as dark suspense, thriller or horror. I prefer dark suspense. It is a YA (Young Adult) novel aimed at older teenagers who are at least juniors in high school or older and on into the early twenties. It is currently “recommended” on a preliminary ballot in the YA Novel category for the Bram Stoker (R) which means nothing, since there are many others similarly “recced.” Still, it is nice to know that someone liked the book, and I was interviewed by Cyrus A Webb for his radio show, indicating he had read (and enjoyed) the book. I am currently a member of both ITW (International Thriller Writers) and HWA (Horror Writers Assocation).

Question 4: What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would let the casting directors find fresh, young new talent. This is a novel about high school-aged protagonists and I’m sure there are plenty of new Megan Foxes and Tara Reids just dying to play a role like Tad McGreevy (the hero), or Jenny SanGiovanni (his blonde crush) or Stevie Scranton (a role not unlike Stifler in “American Pie”).

First proposed cover, some of which has been cut off…no idea why.

Question 5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“Carrie” meets television’s “The Medium” meets “The Fury.”

Question 6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am represented by AAA Agency (Nancy Rosenfeld) of Chicago, but the last book I self-published after a major house sat on it for ONE FULL YEAR, so I’m inclined to self-publish the sequel, as well. I’ve already contracted for the cover art, and I’d really like readers to let me know which of the two covers I picture here is “best.” Write me back and let me know which one you prefer. Both are by Paula Phanback, who is working with me on the covers for the remaining books in the series.

Question 7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about a year to write “The Color of Evil” and I’m 15,000 words from being “done” with “Red Is for Rage.” Since the best output I can hope for is 4,000 words a day, I have to finish “Ri4R” before we get on a plane and fly to Sydney to visit our daughter in Australia and New Zealand. That is January 12th, so the second book will be done in a year, also, and out in early 2013 (some time in Jan/Feb./March). The Beta readers are poised and my editor is standing by.

Question 8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I can only report that reviewers have compared my writing to Philip K. Dick, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I am trying to write the way I write, and to do the best job I can do, after teaching writing for 33 years, so I’m just trying to be the best “me” I can be. (Which sounds like an Army recruitment slogan!). I do not have any other book I can point to that reminds me of this, except, as mentioned, the “Carrie,” “The Fury” type plots of early King.

This is Proposed Cover #2. Let me know which you prefer. I am not sure why it is cutting off some of the cover (the part with my name, mainly) but if it is just losing my name, it is a small loss.)

\Question 9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I taught writing for 33 years at various colleges and at the junior high school level, and I started writing for my hometown newspaper (the Independence Bulletin Journal & Conservative) at the age of ten. I am very familiar with students this age and with the area in which the book is set (Cedar Falls, Iowa and towns nearby) plus I interviewed Sam Amirante (John Wayne Gacy’s attorney) for various quirks of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s speech, since there is a Killer Clown in the story that Tad inadvertently meets on the occasion of his 8th birthday party.
I’ve also had 5 students on Illinois’ Death Row at the same time, so I have a pretty good feeling for the less desirable students and how they might act and think. Plus, I grew up in a small town in Iowa that housed the largest mental institute in the state (Independence Mental Health Institute).

Someone once said to me, upon learning this, “You were just born to write this stuff, weren’t you?” I laughed, and then I thought about it and answered, “I guess so.”

Question 10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If what I’ve written above doesn’t pique your interest and you aren’t interested after visiting www.TheColorOfEvil.com, you probably aren’t my audience, but keep reading. There are other writers I may be linking to who write completely different things. And please be advised that THE COLOR OF EVIL will be FREE as a Kindle download on Amazon on December 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

I should also add that my writing does not dwell on gore for the sake of gore. It is more psychological horror, a la Hitchcock, with “Sixth Sense” endings something I strive for in short stories. You might wish to try reading the 99 cent short story “The Bureau” online (e-book) or the collection of short stories just out, “Hellfire & Damnation II,” which has received good reviews, if you’re not willing to commit to the long haul with Tad McGreevy and friends in 4 novels. There’s also a lot in the book about tetrachromacy, whcih I will not attempt to explain here, but let’s just say it’s something that has just been discovered and was fascinating to me when I learned about it.

New Review of “The Color of Evil” (July 4, 2012)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review – The Color of Evil

Tad McGreevy has a power that he has never revealed, not even to his life-long best friend, Stevie Scranton. When Tad looks at others, he sees colors. These auras tell Tad whether a person is good or evil. At night, Tad dreams about the evil-doers, reliving their crimes in horrifingly vivid detail. But Tad doesn’t know if the evil acts he witnesses in his nightmares are happening now, are already over, or are going to occur in the future. He has no control over the horrifying visions. He has been told never to speak of his power. All Tad knows is that he wants to protect those he loves. And he wants the bad dreams to stop. At Tad’s 8th birthday party (April 1, 1995) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the clown his parents hire to entertain Tad’s third-grade classmates is one of the bad people. Pogo, the Killer Clown (aka Michael Clay) is a serial killer. So begins 53 nights of terror as Tad relives Pogo’s crime, awakens screaming, and recites the terrifying details to his disbelieving family. The situation becomes so dire that Tad is hospitalized in a private institution under the care of a psychiatrist—who also does not believe the small boy’s stories. And then the police arrest Pogo, the Killer Clown. Flash forward to the beginning of Tad’s junior year in high school, 8 years later. Tad is 16 and recovered from the spring of hi third-grade year. When Michael Clay was caught and imprisoned, the crime spree ended and so did Tad’s bad dreams. Until now, in the year of our Lord 2003, when evil once again stalks the land. This is a terrifying, intense story of the dark people and places that lurk just beneath the surface of seemingly normal small-town America. As one reviewer says, “Wilson nails the darkness beneath the surface of small-town rural America.”
*-*-*-*-* My review:
This was a good suspense novel. The characters were believable and you could really picture them. They were also well developed with a sense of history and background to them. You really see a lot of the small town characters and how an event can happen that affects the entire town.
This story itself is not an easy read if you are looking for something light in the small town vein. It is not a light read by any means. But it is a good story which pulls you in and keeps you reading to find out what happens.
My only issues were minor. I am not a fan of the cover. And there were some parts of the book that seemed a bit repetitive and awkward. But they were not enough to make me want to stop reading. And I am looking forward to seeing what she has in store for these characters next. If you are looking for a suspense novel with twists and turns and am interesting mix of characters you should definitely be checking this one out.

“The Color of Evil” Will Be On Virtual Tour in June

"The Color of Evil"

My novel The Color of Evil goes on a Virtual Tour of book blogger sites this month. The tour dates and stops are below. The journey begins June 18th.

If you want to read others’ reactions to  this first-in-a-trilogy novel about Tad McGreevy, a young boy with paranormal abilities who must battle evil to save the lives of those he loves, consult this schedule for book bloggers’ reactions.  Tad McGreevy has the ability to see auras around others that tell him whether a person is good or evil. In dreams, later,  he “sees” the acts of the evil-doers.

As this is my first solo novel outing, I hope the bloggers will be kind. I’ve become quite invested in Tad and Stevie Scranton and Jenny SanGiovanni and the rest of the book’s many characters.  I’d like to think that Book 2 (“Red Is for Rage”) and Book 3 will be eagerly anticipated as the adventures continue, and I hope it will be available by Christmas.

For the current book (and all others), locally, stop at the Book Rack in Moline or Bettendorf, where a local author section exists and all books are to be found in paperback and/or hardcover. The book is also available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble in Kindle, Nook and paperback formats.


Color of Evil Tour Stops for Website:

Moonlight Gleam  June 18 Giveaway & Guest Post

Good Choice Reading  June 19 Giveaway & Guest Post

Books & Quilts  June 20 Review

Just Another Rabid Reader  June 21 Review

Just Another Rabid Reader  June 22  Giveaway & Guest Post

MN Girl in LA              June 25            Review & Giveaway

Earth’s BookNook  June 26  Guest Post

Alternate Readality  June 27  Review

Two Kids & Migraine  June 28 Review

Two Kids & Migraine  June 29 Giveaway & Guest Post

Popcorn Reads                  June 29          Review & Guest Post

Wormhole  July 2 Review

Wormhole   July 3 Interview

Donna’s Home Blog  July 4 Review

Reader Girls  July 3 Review

Reader Girls  July 5 Giveaway & Excerpt

The Color of Evil, 1st in a Trilogy, Nearly Ready to Launch

Tentative cover for "The Color of Evil," available soon as an E-book title on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Color of Evil, the first novel in a trilogy about a young boy with paranormal abilities, is about ready to launch. I sent it out to be reviewed, without realizing that they were going to post the review so quickly. Here it is. It’s good, but I don’t have the book totally converted, yet, so no cover picture, and you can’t buy it yet.

Here’s the review link:



But soon.

“The Color of Evil,” 1st Novel in a Trilogy, Is Ready to Launch

The Color of Evil, the first novel in a trilogy that focuses on young Tad McGreevy, a boy with paranormal abilities, is ready to launch on Amazon and Barnes & Noble very shortly. A review of it has already appeared here: 


"The Color of Evil," first in a trilogy about a young boy with paranormal abilities, will soon be available as an E-book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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