Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Guest Blogger - Carolyn Haines
I have a special treat for you today. Carolyn Haines, author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Southern Belle Mysteries, is today's guest blogger. Carolyn's latest book in the series, Greedy Bones, will be published on July 7. I'll admit, I have a copy in my treasures pile, and I'm going to get to it shortly. Thank you, Carolyn, for taking time to talk to my readers!
TWO CURSES AND A BLESSING
By Carolyn Haines
You would think that writing a book a year and teaching fiction writing at a university would be enough to keep a gal out of trouble. Not true. I have an unfortunate penchant for bad horror movies and practical jokes. Thank goodness I also have a smidgen of my Grandpa McEachern’s Scot-Irish luck. Herein lies the tale of a horror movie, a prank, and my good luck.
Some friends and I went to the one of the Halloween movies. Yes, I know horror movies are most often a waste of time and money. But I love them. And I love going with my friends, except they are all wise to my tricks and know that I intend to try to scare them. On this particular night, they were all sitting very close to me so they could watch me.
A friend had smuggled a full-head gruesome mask into the theatre for me. He and I had conspired to play a joke on the others. But because my girlfriends were all watching me so closely, I couldn’t pull anything on them.
Right in front of us were three young men, all very interested in my girlfriends. They kept looking back at us, wanting badly to flirt. I had found my marks.
When the movie got to a really scary part, I put the mask on my fist and eased it up between two of the young men. And waited. It didn’t take long before one turned to the other to talk. When he saw that gruesome head there, he flipped out.
I swear, he levitated. He was stepping on the backs of seats—and a few movie watcher--as he got out of there! The scream he loosed was blood-curdling, and I’m sure he could have gotten work on sound tracks if we’d had a recording of it.
Of course, I was quite pleased with myself. Until I went outside and the three young men were waiting for me.
Here is where the luck comes in. All three young men had good, healthy hearts. There was no damage from my prank. And they all had a good sense of humor. We talked for a little while in front of the movie, and we parted ways, none the worse for wear.
Looking back, I realize that I could have given that young man a heart attack, scaring him that way. I was very lucky. And lucky that he didn’t punch out my lights. Sometimes people react poorly to that kind of fright.
So I’m trying to reform. There’s a new horror movie scheduled for release at the end of the month, and I’m trying to get all of my friends to go with me. Unfortunately, no one believes that I’ve changed my ways. They all think this is just a master plan to suck them in one more time.
I have become the boy who cried wolf. So, I might as well play another prank, right? Now what would be medium scary, just a good scream but not outright terror? Wolf, you say. How about werewolf?
Thank you, Carolyn!
Carolyn Haines is the author of GREEDY BONES, the 9th in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta mystery series, which will be released July 7 by St. Martin’s Minotaur. She is a 2009 recipient of the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award and a writing fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Her web site is www.carolynhaines.com
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Greedy Bones by Carolyn Haines. St. Martin's Minotaur, ©2009. ISBN 9780312377106 (hardcover), 320p.