Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Historical Suspense with Christopher Savio


The Daguerreotypist
by Christopher Savio

About The Author:
I spent my life bouncing back and forth between Southern California and New Jersey. During my elementary school years I discovered that I have dyslexia. Therefore, I learned to read with a lot of help from my parents and eventually got good enough to read novels. With the influence of my father’s interest in horror movies and history, I read two things, Stephen King and history books. It’s no surprise my stories, have a touch of both in them.
Working with the public, including the rental car business, my father’s diner, and later evolving into a teacher of Native American history, criminology, and special education, has allowed me to draw upon experiences that reveal much about human behavior. My writing reflects many of the different personalities and settings have I’ve come to know first hand. 
Of course I’ve never come across a demon, witch, the devil himself or a serial killer, but the personalities and people I’ve met are represented within each one of my characters.

On a personal note, I have a family, a house and the white PVC picket fence. I graduated from college and have a dog my kids call Roscoe. (Max from The Beckoning) What’s of more interest to you is that my favorite hobby is writing, the scarier the better. If you love stories that will scare the pants off you that are priced for the 99 per centers like myself, then you have come to the right website.

About The Book:
Funny thing about life is that people seldom recognize its beauty or what they have until it’s gone. In 1842 New York City, Isaiah Whitfield, a pioneer in photography (daguerreotypist) and a religious zealot, is no different. Incapable of recognizing anything but the bad in the world, he embarks upon a crusade to perfect society and to bring about the Second Coming. If he can scare people away from sin, even if he has to kill the sinners to do it, Isaiah is certain that he alone can bring about Christ’s return. That is until Satan makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

In 2012, Rachel and her fiancé occupy Isaiah’s old apartment. Rachel, outwardly happy with her life, deep down wants something more. When an undeveloped daguerreotype is found hidden in her studio’s wall it sets her life and the fate of New York City on a collision course with disaster. Rachel falls hopelessly in love with the man in the old picture, but unwittingly frees the now demonic serial killer, Isaiah Whitfield, from Hell. True to form, he immediately goes on killing sprees in two different centuries.

As Rachel finds out, loving a time traveling serial killer straight from Hell has its downsides. For Isaiah, complete blindness to the wonders of this world may have ruined him for ever. Can the power and beauty of love change a demonic serial killer? Can Rachel come to her senses before she loses her fiancé and possibly her own life in the process? In the summer of 2012, the fates of many in New York City depend upon it.

GUEST POST:

A Day in My Writing Life

I’ve been asked before how I am able to write while being a father of two, a teacher of seven classes in a public high school and tutoring several times a week.  It isn’t easy, but if one is disciplined it really isn’t that hard. (Having a great wife who understands my writing affliction doesn’t hurt either.) On days that I have extra spunk I will get up around 5:30am or earlier and crank out about two to three hundred words.  Once at school I try not to waste any time while I am there.  This is an important point to keep in mind.  What ever your job, it is important to make sure you take home as little as possible.  This is something that I always think about when people tell me they don’t have time to write or do anything else for that matter.  Analyze your day and think about all the wasted time.  If you don’t waste time and are productive, think of all the wonderful things you could accomplish.  That is the attitude I employ and I am in the process of writing my fourth book.  I have the same time everyone else does in life, I just don’t waste it searching You Tube, espn.com, or whatever people waste their time with.  That alone will give you more than enough time to accomplish something like writing a book.  Once the school day is done, I usually have time afterwards between tutoring or picking up the kids that I will try and pump out another three hundred words.  That means on a good day I will come home with about six hundred words under my belt.  After baths, homework and watching television and spending time with my wife, I get a second wind around eleven at night.  Another good hour and half of writing later and I can easily reach my thousand words a day quota.  On the weekends it is another story all together.  On those days I sneak up stairs every chance I get while my kids are watching their cartoons or Wizard’s of Waverly Place.

So you see, all in all, my days are packed, but not difficult.  I don’t have to close myself in my room and barricade myself away from the rest of the world.  If I budget my time wisely and learn to do without much sleep, it’s a piece of cake.  Besides, seeing one’s name on the spine of a book is much better than any Sunday sleeping in for an extra hour, trust me.



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BK Walker said...

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Brooke said...

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