In December, I finished the first draft of book one in my new series! The Birdy Nightingale Paranormal Chronicles. *Think the X-Files meets Texas, where the spooks at night are a frightening sight. So far, I have four books planned. My goal is to have at least ten books in the series, featuring Texas paranormal mysteries based on regional tales, lore, and legends. From the Marfa Lights of west Texas, the numerous Bigfoot sightings in the swampy forests of east Texas, the creature of Caddo Lake in north Texas, the elusive Chupacabra of south Texas, and everything in between, there is a plethora of weird & creepy in the Lone Star State.
I'm super excited to introduce you to my newest heroine, Eudora "Birdy" Nightingale, a single mom, a respected investigative journalist who adheres to a strict code of journalistic ethics, and someone who suffers from Misophonia. "It's a real condition." The sound of repetitive tapping or someone chewing can send her through the roof. When she loses her job with her hometown newspaper, she takes a job she financially can't refuse, a writing position with a travel Texas paranormal magazine, The Tex-Files. (You know, until she can land another "legitimate" writing gig.) Trying to adhere to her strict code of journalistic ethics, and being a skeptic to anything paranormal, Birdy feels she's living out a real-life oxymoron. Her struggles with producing a great story without blurring the lines of fact and fiction will present oodles of challenges along the way.
The series begins with book 1, Something Dark This Way Dwells, where Birdy and her teenaged daughter, Ryan, pack up a vintage Winnebago and head to Broken Arrow, Texas to investigate a supposed haunting. Her plan to go in, get the facts, write the story, and get out, takes an unexpected twist when the magazine sends a photographer to assist her. Fletcher Prescott, a spirited "surfer" from South Padre and the son of the magazine's editor-in-chief, shows up with a "Mulder-ish" personality. He and Birdy are in a constant state of disagreement, especially regarding the spooky stuff. And as if writing for the Tex-Files Magazine isn't difficult enough, Birdy has to put up with Fletcher's "What's up, dude?" beach lingo, and he wears flip-flops. Flip-flops! 0_0 (Can you imagine Birdy's reaction to the constant "flipping" & "flopping" noises with each irritating step Fletcher takes?)
Trust me. Even I wondered if Birdy's yes-I-can attitude could get her through the first assignment without choking Fletcher, or if her disbelief in ghosts would have her tossing in the proverbial towel and ditching the assignment before I finished draft one.
But of course, our quirky, determined heroine prevails despite the many struggles she faces. As for Fletcher's outcome, you'll have to wait to read the book.
Look for Something Dark This Way Dwells this summer!