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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Eden Royce, author of “Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror”

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Eden Royce, author of Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror

Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell. Soak in these twelve tales of Southern Gothic Horror:

Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price, a woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….

These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur-rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror?

Eden Royce: From my upbringing in the South. Living around women who were magic users—rootworkers—gave me lots of ideas for stories. Sitting around the table with my family, listening to their stories, is always inspiring. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Eden Royce, author of “Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”

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Agyei Ekundayo, author of Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out
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Hindsight is 20/20 is a twisted maze of undiagnosed mental illness, misdiagnosis and patient abuse. This novel is a sordid conundrum of generational dysfunction, self-sabotage, and in some cases, unbridled erotica.

What do you get when you mix ten doctors, thirteen prescriptions, and five psych wards? You become immersed in the complex mood swings of a volatile teenager that eventually spirals into the full on madness of a suicidal adult. Hindsight is 20/20 is a cogent analysis of a burdened healthcare systems’ many fractured components to the extent that it dismantles the lives of everyday people.

Readers will get a hawks’ eye glimpse into the daily struggles of life with mental illness, the crippling effects of early childhood trauma, transcribed notes from a transgender woman’s experience with hospital neglect and a hilarious series of romantic fails.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Hindsight is 20/20?

Agyei Ekundayo: I wrote Hindsight is 20/20 out of frustration and anger. I got tired of being funneled from one broken system to the other. Therapists disagreed with one another and took out their incompetencies on my medical records. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”