It doesn't feel like such a long time ago since I was touring my novel The Banishing, and yet here I am again, working with Fang-tastic Books for my second novel, Obsessed. I thought I would kick start the week-long tour by telling you a little about my new release.
When I wrote Obsessed, I knew that I was going to find it a challenge – for many reasons. Not only does the story deal with some tricky and heavy subjects (suicide, post-traumatic stress, therapy), it also delves into the art of ghost-story telling; a creative aspect I have loved and been enchanted by since childhood. Susan Hill's The Woman In Black remains, to this day, one of my all-time favourite novels – the beauty of that ghost story has captivated me since my first read of it, back in the 1980's. I longed to do something like that – bring to life the ghosts that sneak into shadows and whisper in darkened corridors. Writing a ghost story, simply put, was an ambition of mine.
Obsessed is that ghost story.
It's a story about a haunting, of a young man called James Barker. Not only does James see and hear visions of a man who is supposed to be dead and buried, he begins to suspect he has become entangled into a web of danger and lies through being touched by the supernatural entity. He begins to question his sanity, the validity of his ghostly visitor. It is up the reader to ask of themselves – is the ghost James is seeing real, or is it merely the result of a tired and unstable mind?
October, I hope, is the perfect month for a ghost story. I hope that being released so close to Halloween, that Obsessed can be enjoyed with the backdrop of dark, cold evenings, lanterns and ghostly decorations. It is, I believe, an atmospheric story, one that seems to draw it's readers in. This, though, is truly for you to judge. If you feel you want to give Obsessed a read, you can find either eBook or paperback copies online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository or www.damnationbooks.com Many local book stores can also order copies in. Thanks for reading, and I hope you follow me on my blog stops this week!Obsessed
by Fiona Dodwell
eBook ISBN: 9781615724864
Sub Genre: Supernatural
Novel of 63000 words
Sex rating: 1
Violence rating: 1
Edited by Andrea Heacock-Reyes
Cover Artwork by Dawné Dominique
Print ISBN: 9781615724871
James Barker thinks he has it all, until one fateful morning he witnesses a gruesome suicide.
Haunted by the death, James seeks therapy for post-traumatic stress. Finding that the answers he seeks don’t lie in the therapist's office, James embarks on a journey.
Who was this man, and why did he kill himself?
Now haunted by visions of the dead man in his home and in his nightmares, James begins to wonder if he is losing his mind. Surely the dead can’t return?
As his obsession spirals out of control, James uncovers the terrifying truth of the stranger who died at his own hands.
Soon he realises that his life may be in danger – as well as the lives of those he loves.
Damnation Books: http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615724864