Book: The Ghost in the Closet by M. K. Theodoratuscategories: Book, Fantasy, Creepy, Scary, Short Story, Supernatural Fantasy, Geezer Lit, Ghosts, Paranormal Fantasy, Supernatural Story, Old Lady Sleuths, Mystery, Ghost
M. K. Theodoratusabout this book: Dumdie Swartz has more problems than being homeless. She sees ghosts since she was a kid and has developed many strange tics to avoid upsetting people. Dumdie's weird habits have caused problems all her life. When her boss fired her because he thought her trances were mini-strokes, Dumdie becomes homeless, just another old lady living in her car because her social security doesn't cover the rent.
Though Dumdie was lucky enough to find a room in a private homeless shelter, just as winter was setting in, she discovers the ghost of the former owner haunts her room, a ghost with a problem of her own. The will that set up the shelter is lost, the ghost's heirs are fighting over control of the estate. Dumdie must conquer her fear of upsetting people if she's to find the will and save the shelter.
Writing even short pieces always takes me a long time since I like to get to know my characters. I can't roll a couple die and create a character with this and not that foible or strength.
The Ghost in the Closet started out as a writing exercise describing four old ladies caught in a snowstorm. While writing the scene, my attention focused in on Dumdie when her name popped into my head--along with her two older sisters taunting her as a child because she always sang to herself. Dum-de-dum-dum.
Suddenly I had a character with a major problem that caused her to become homeless. My impressions of Dumdie were strong enough that I was able to create another novelette, The Ghostcrow, focused on the time when she made an uneasy peace with her talents.
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