I find darkness in all things good, no matter what I examine, and then write about it. Through my use of plot twists, I take the reader down a mostly straight path until I skew what had earlier been described as normal. Keeping you on your toes and on the edge of your seat are of paramount importance to me; they are the byproducts of my horror. Sexual tension, social situations, and psychological horror are all intertwined with happiness, for a spell. I have yet to write fantasy or historical pieces, choosing instead to focus on psychosocial horror. I have written nine novels, three of which have been published, with the fourth being outlined. Please read about my novels on their websites, my author site, and on Facebook. To make a longer story shorter, I love writing. Let me shock you today; please read about me and my projects at www.peggylanders.com.
First Responder is a dark romance psychological thriller. It takes place near a college in southern California. The main characters are a psychologist vampire, an EMT, and a college student. Delving into psychiatric disorders, along with the difficulty of being a vampire in today’s society, I explore the desire to survive and the need to do good. This book was published 2/21/17.
Picking Murphys is an adult supernatural thriller. It takes place around the wonderful vacation town of Murphys, California. Follow a family of four as they are set upon by an evil spirit on the way to the trip of their lifetime. A pair of good spirits are never far behind; but seem to fall short when attempting to determine why the evil has centered on that family. The vengeful, evil spirit will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. Detailed dreams and nightmares convolute reality, shocking you to your core. This book was published 2/15/16.
Bereft Reality is an adult erotica psychological thriller. It takes place in slums around Lincoln Park, Detroit and touches on the human aspects of self-worth and self-esteem. It stresses the good and evil inside us all, making you question what you would do in certain social situations. Heavy in pop culture references, shock and awe, and dream sequences to boot! Beware of Jake! This is the first book in the Fine Lines trilogy and was published 4/16/15.
In the early years growing up in Illinois, as a child I recognized my passion for writing. Several short stories and poems fueled the creativity that would later empower my writing endeavors. My sister and brother proved challenging as I got older, and moving to Kentucky didn’t help. I left behind a lot of nice friends and felt, literally, that I was starting over in everything. After finishing high school I joined a junior college and after a semester I enlisted in the military. Towards the end of that part of my life I spent almost six months in Operation Desert Shield. During that time I had little time for leisure, and the only writing that I did were some letters to my parents. After that I came back to my civilian life and I started writing again, man did I miss that. Having been introduced to role playing with my Dad and brother back in the day, I revisited those memories in some of my short stories. My Mom never liked participating in that game and handed over the reins to Dad to help keep us occupied in the evenings.
I remember my Dad performing the role of the Dungeon Master, and reading very carefully each and every line from the original module that came with the game as my brother and I made every effort to stay alive and grab all the treasure that we could. Later on, that time of my life would give great meaning to what I would do and how I would do it; I just did not know it at the time. Finding more time to read I focused on the categories of fantasy and horror genres. Reading what I was introduced to when I was growing up with my Dad brought back wonderful memories. I followed several characters as they fought their way through their writer’s trilogies. This lent validly to a computer game called NeverWinter Nights. I played this game and beat it several times before I started looking into the gaming community. There were different versions there, and I wondered how they came about. It turned out that one could make a module, a world if you will, and control it’s contents. That’s when I brought Despair into being.
My world of Despair was very hard, and like it’s name, it foreshadowed doom. Over the course of a year and numerous complaints about being too hard I capitulated and added many more quests for even more powerful items, which gave one hope – thus the name change to Hope and Despair. Now it was more on your own shoulders; if you chose to put in the time to quest for items and figure out the game’s puzzles, one would find those items that helped them live. Hope and Despair has been successful now for over 11 years and counting. One should really try it out, the game itself only costs about 5 US dollars, and is found in used bookstores or online vendors.
Even working on that module brought back memories of my early times with my Dad, which led to us catching up later on in life. I learned about things that I didn’t even know that my Dad had done, nor had an interest in. One of these things was prospecting. He was a member of the GPAA and when he was younger, even before I was born, he had gone out west in search of gold. At that time he lived in Illinois, and he travelled as close as Indiana and as far as Nevada for gold. It didn’t take long for me to realize that we could do that together so I listened to each and every word he spoke when he gave instructions on panning, and what gold looked like, where it was found, and everything else pertaining to gold. His health failed and we would never go out together, but we did talk about where I went, and on several occasions I brought back classified materials for us to go through together in his garage. It’s funny, when we were younger I wanted him to learn more about computers, and to do stuff like that with me, and his focus was cars. Later on in life, when we caught back up, I wanted his help with cars, and he needed me for computer-related issues. Funny how things come full circle.
I miss my Mom and Dad dearly, and when one experiences loss, well, it changes you. My writing became darker, and I started my newest project, which is yet untitled. It draws upon a woman’s inner ability to display weakness whilst wielding great power. As the writing of my book comes to a close I see an interesting read that reveals the darkness that lurks within us all.
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