Friday, March 22, 2013

The People Who Have Inspired Lisa Binion

Softly and Tenderly

by Lisa Binion

Author - Lisa BinionAbout The Author:
Lisa Binion is a writer, editor, and wife. She makes her home in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Her two children are now grown, but she has been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Tyler and Zoey. Her family also includes four dogs, four cats, and two goats.
As the Fiction Writing Editor for BellaOnline, she writes articles, reviews fiction books, and interviews fiction authors. She is also an editor for Silver Tongue Press and Edit 1st. In her spare time, she attempts to clean house and relax. You can find her at,, and

Genre: Horror Short Story
Horror Short Story
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press


“Mom died in her sleep last night.” Those are terrifying words for a child to wake up to. The beetle that falls off the stretcher and stares at her is only the beginning one of the strangest and most frightening times in Lori’s life. Death is not a pretty thing, especially not when the funeral is to be at the Lights Out Chapel and Crematorium. Once she walks into the funeral parlor, she experiences things that no little girl should ever have to experience. No one is acting normal. No one can see what is going on. Is Lori the only one who sees the blood oozing from the pictures of Jesus on the cross? Doesn’t anyone else see the beetles? Is Lori hallucinating when she sees her mom sit up and hears her speak? There is absolutely nothing soft and tender about what happens to Lori. From her overly morbid piano teacher to the creepy preacher and a father that just isn’t acting like himself, Lori is surrounded by people and things that hint of something bizarre. Once she leaves the Lights Out Chapel and Crematorium, things will go back to normal. Or will they?


People Who Have Inspired Me

There are three authors who have inspired me to write more and to publish what I write.  They are Haley Fisher, Rebecca Graf, and Richard Petracca.  I don’t know whether or not you have heard of these authors, but they have been a huge inspiration to me.  How did they inspire me?

Haley Fisher, author of Rising Calm, is an amazing young lady.  Haley is only 19 years old and has already published her first novel.  Rising Calm is the story of a young girl who finds out that she is destined for great things.  With the help of her friends, and not all of them are from Earth, she sets out to save a world.

I met Haley through Silver Tongue Press, the publisher of her book.  I read her book long before it was published, and I am one of the people who edited her book.  As I read through it, her talent really shined.  Her characters seemed so real to me, and she had a remarkable talent for weaving together an intricate plot.  I have always wanted to write, and have often wished that I began as early in life as Haley did.  Instead of writing though, I got married and had raised a family.  I don’t regret giving my all to my husband and children, but I also wish I had found a way to write.

Rebecca Graf, author of Deep Connections, is another author who has given me inspiration.  I met Rebecca through BellaOnline.  She is their history editor, and I came to know her as I edited a book she wrote for the site.  Rebecca had an idea to start a publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, and asked me to go along on this adventure with her.  That was an easy decision to make.

Something that she said to me one day gave me the idea to write Softly and Tenderly.  The story began to literally consume me.  It burned inside me so deeply that I worked on it while I made chicken strips later that day.  It took me two days to write it, and I had no plans of publishing it, but Rebecca had different ideas.  It is because of Rebecca that I submitted it for publication.

Richard Petracca, author of The Immortal Game:  Rise of the Water Bearer, has not let anything stop him from pursuing his dream of writing and being a published author.  The multiple sclerosis and dyslexia he has to put up with may keep him from writing as much as he would like to, but he didn’t let those things stop him from becoming a paramedic, and he doesn’t allow them to keep him from writing.

I also met Richard through BellaOnline.  He hired me to edit a query letter for him, and then he hired me to edit his book.  Through him, I have learned a lot about writing and editing.  He is the one who edits the plots of my stories.  He makes sure that I don’t leave potentially embarrassing plot holes everywhere.  He also makes sure that my dialogue is good.  My imagination tends to go a bit overboard at times, and he is the one that makes sure it doesn’t drift too far out to sea.

My biggest inspiration has been my husband.  He has always believed that I could write and has never stopped urging me to write that bestseller.  He doesn’t get upset when he comes home and finds the house isn’t perfectly clean because I have been too busy writing or editing or have had my nose stuck in a book so good that I just couldn’t pull myself away from it.  He has asked one thing of me though:  he has asked me to never kill him off in a story.

 Excerpt 1:

Lori, it’s your turn to say bye now. You need to tell her that you love her and how much you will miss her.” Daddy put me down next to her coffin and placed his hands on my shoulders. He pushed me so close to her death box that I felt the white satin that overlapped to the outside. It rubbed against my hands. At least it was soft for Mommy. She would be comfortable in there.
I decided to speak out loud this time. Maybe no one else would bring me back up here again if I spoke my goodbyes out loud. “Mommy,” I began, but then I started crying so hard I couldn’t speak. Daddy rubbed my shoulders until I quieted down and could begin again. “Mommy, I love you. I don’t want you to leave me. Please come back. No one, not even this Jesus, is worth leaving me over.” I opened my eyes and looked at her. She hadn’t moved since Mrs. Minuet had dragged me up here. But then her eyes opened, and she stared at me. She was staring at me! I sucked my breath in and felt my legs grow weak as my head began to spin. With one hand I grabbed on to the edge of the coffin, while with the other hand I grabbed hold of Daddy’s arm.
Daddy! Daddy! Mommy’s not dead! She looked at me!” I screamed as I jumped up and down. “She was still alive when they took her out of the house. I saw her trying to get out from under the sheet.” I pulled on his arm and shook it. “Please, Daddy. You’ve got to save her.”
Daddy was beginning to sound a bit mad. He picked me up and held me over top of Mommy. “Maybe if you give her a goodbye kiss you’ll understand she’s dead, and believe me when I tell you she isn’t coming back.” I was so close to Mommy’s cheek that I could see the makeup was beginning to cake in her pores. There was no warmth rising up from her body, only icy coldness.


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