January 30, 2012

Curling Up With A Good Book - Ryder Islington

Ultimate Justice by Ryder Islington.
For those of us who love to read, there is nothing like curling up with a good book. Sometimes I’ll choose a book according to the weather. In the sweltering late summer, I love reading women’s fiction. Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Secret Life of Bees, or Jane Eyre is perfect. I really love the old classics, as well as the new classics.

In autumn I really enjoy romance and love stories, especially the big thick books like A Rose In Winter. The spring is perfect for those coming of age stories. I really love John Irving’s, Snow Falling On Cedars or Forrest Gump right about then.

But in the dead of the winter, when the wind is blowing cold, beating against the house, and it’s not fit out for man nor beast, it’s time to pull out the scary stuff. This is the time for Robin Cook, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. These men can scare the hoo-ha out of readers. These are some of the men who have influenced my writing. I like the surprise, the one that gives you chills, the one that makes you sleep with the lights on.

While I worked on Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery, I scared myself! I remembered my own close encounter with a serial killer and realized I was writing from experience. It’s easy to get over extraterrestrials, ghosts, and monsters. It’s not so easy to get over serial killers, sick and twisted pillars of society who are evil inside, eviscerations by those whom you’d least expect. These are common place in our world. And yet, they are scarier than the unknown.

The scariest book I ever read was Helter Skelter. At the time, I lived in a townhouse style apartment and refused to go upstairs after dark. I slept on the couch for weeks. I think the book was published about ten years after the actual killings. The book brought back all the news about the Manson girls, and their leader. Seeing Charles Manson and his ‘family’ on the news, hearing the gruesome details over and over was bad enough. But the book brought it all right into my own head. That’s what good books are all about. They make the reader feel things that they might not ever feel in their own lives.

So really, there is no bad time to curl up with a good book. Find something that makes your hair stand on end, or moves your heart, or makes you laugh, and let the author take you away to a whole other world. And don’t forget to take a cup of coffee or tea with you, 'cause you may be gone for a while.

Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery is receiving rave reviews from readers.
The small town of Raven Bayou, Louisiana explodes as old money meets racial tension, and tortured children turn the table on abusive men. FBI Special Agent Trey Fontaine returns home to find the town turned upside down with mutilated bodies. Working with local homicide detectives, Trey is determined to get to the  truth. A believer in empirical evidence, Trey ignores his instincts until he stares into the face of the impossible, and has to choose between what he wants to believe and the ugly truth.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of California and former officer for a large sheriff’s department, RYDER ISLINGTON is now retired and doing what she loves: reading, writing, and gardening. She lives in Louisiana with her family, including a very large English Chocolate Lab, a very small Chinese pug, and a houseful of demanding cats. She can be contacted at RyderIslington@yahoo.com or visit her blog at http://ryderislington.wordpress.com

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for blogging with us today, Ryder. We're pleased to have you here!


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