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The Writing Life: Michael next author in Arts & Culture writer series

April 3, 2015
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

This is a monthly column on the writing process. Topics will range from books and authors to writing conferences and workshops to the writing process itself.

Dear Mother - The Beginning Book One

By Steven Michael

Tate Publishing

288 pages


ISBN 978-1-68118-612-2

The Excel Estherville Arts and Culture Committee's writers series continues with a reading and signing by Steven Michael 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18 at the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce at 620 First Ave. S. in Estherville.

Michael's novel Dear Mother - The Beginning Book 1 is set in the sleepy hamlet of Lewtown in which the people unhurriedly go about their day-to-day business. Little do they know of the one from the West who is sowing seeds of discord as he rides a train toward the town.

Michael's style and voice is very reminiscent of Stephen King's renderings of unknown horrors lurking amid quiet, New England villages

The motif of dark and light that pervades the novel even makes time stand still for Agnes during her Bible study:

"She looks at the clock and realizes she had been studying these passages for the past two hours. Looking left and then right. She searches for the normal movement of Ralph or Layfe. Nothing. An incredible feeling of being alone comes on strong. She thinks of Ralph, then Layfe, their faces to try and pull her some security back in. It does not come. While sitting up she looks out the window and is drawn right to the top of the hill again. The full round moon is above. The moon light avoiding itself of this place by leaving darkness all through it, with not as much as a reflection on the top of the tomb stones or branches. She notices that only a black silhouette existed. Like a shape cut out of black construction paper. Normally she could see the moon light through the windows on this side, shining through from the opposite side of where the light would be coming from. She stands and walks around to the still open front door to get a better look. It is just as she is viewing from the couch and indeed is a better look at the silhouette of light filled in by an outline figure. A black profile of shadows."

Michael will have copies available for signing. His book is also available at or from Amazon.

Previous authors in the series have included Amy Danielson Daws and 'Grandma' Pam Tschetter.

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