Up and Coming – July / August 2016

Hello Everyone,

I welcome your input regarding these postings. If there a particular area you would like more information on or something you would like to see included, reduced or removed please contact me. If you or someone you know would like to be added to my regular e-mail list, simply send a request to AuthorChuckMiceli@gmail.com and I will be happy to make the addition.

For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

If you are available, consider joining me and over 100 other authors at the New England Author’s Expo in Danvers Ma. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will be joined by authors, Mandi Lynn and Stephanie Queen for an open discussion on, “The Business of Being an Author.” The doors are open to the public for free admission from 4 to 9 pm and will include a series of special presentations by guest celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Amanda’s Room:

I was scheduled to meet with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to initiate the republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. Unfortunately Richard pulled his back and I became immersed with other projects so that meeting has had to be rescheduled. More to come.

I often get letters from people who have read Amanda’s Room but not all of those comments make it to Amazon.com or one of the other review sites. Just in case, I’ve decided to include some of them here, because frankly, they are one of the best parts about writing. Here is the latest one from Michelle R.

Hi Chuck,

I apologize for the delay in sending you this note.  I met you in the airport and purchased your book “Amanda’s Room” in late April.  I read the book in 3 days.  It was a true page turner and I could not put it down, often stealing 30 minutes here and there until I finished it. Please let me know if you have any additional books.  I would love to read them.

Thanks Michelle.

Thank you for the kind words Michelle. My next book, Injured Angels, is still in the works. I’ll post when it’s available.

Injured Angels

Speaking of Injured Angels, I was challenged by fellow author, Leesa Freeman, to post on Facebook the first lines of each of the three first chapters of my upcoming book. I’ve also included my response below:

(Spoiler alert: My upcoming book, Injured Angels, will be authored under the pen name, Charlotte Mitchell, since it is being told in the first person by my female protagonist.)

  1. “May I Have This Dance?” It seems unbelievable now but three lifetimes ago, it started just that way.
    2. Frank was an optimist. When he told Harvey that I was the future Mrs. Russo, he had no way of knowing how the past and the future would conspire against us to keep that from happening.
    3. That wasn’t all there was to it. I loved Frank and there was no way I was going to stop seeing him.

Upcoming Events:

Presentation and Book Sale / Signing, July 27, New England Author’s Expo (NEAE) : Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the fourth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The location of the event is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Book Discussion for Amanda’s Room at Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT. is scheduled there for September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a follow-up to the Book Sale and Signing that took place on June 15. Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. If you have already read the book and would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

New E-mail format and AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

My major activity lately has been working with my son, Jason, on revising and updating my website, my e-mail formatting and the rest of my social media. Several of the sites have new, more consistent names, new / updated information and added functionality. We still have a long way to go but the new ones should be more dynamic with better graphics and the new website should be a delight to visit. Expect more interesting and useful information in the near future. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

 

Up and Coming – October 2015

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.

Here are the September highlights:

Welcome New Readers from the Big-E – I’m thrilled to have you join us. I hope you find these monthly e-mail updates interesting and useful.

Amanda’s Room

California Times Publishing (CTP) Edition – My Edits are Done! – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits, I have now finally finished making the changes based on their editor’s comments, which were detailed and insightful. I expect the resulting improvements will be obvious in the new edition. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect you will feel like you are reading the book for the first time.

Celebration Will Be In OrderIn addition to a new soft-cover and e-mail versions of the book, California Times Publishing is preparing a new book trailer, a new audio-book and a first-time-ever hard-cover edition of Amanda’s Room. To say I am excited about these developments would be a gross understatement. I am thrilled! To celebrate the “second coming” of this novel, I am thinking about a re-launch event somewhere here in Connecticut. I haven’t started the planning so I don’t have any specifics yet, but I will let you know in upcoming updates as things shape up. One thing I do plan on doing is ordering a supply of the first-edition hard-cover books to sign at the event. I will let you know the price of these books when it is determined and will plan on taking pre-orders for those who would like a signed collector’s copy from the launch.

And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – In addition to finishing the editing of the new CTP edition, this month I also finished editing Carl’s screenplay for movie. I loved his ideas and incorporated several of them into the new book re-write. Carl estimates it will be about eight weeks for him to finish the changes and to reduce the length of the screenplay to an ideal size. Then we will be ready to pitch it. Carl already has some contacts with studios he works with but we are open to presenting it to other producers as well. If any of you know of a studio or producer who may be interested in reviewing the screenplay, please contact me and we will be delighted to send them a copy.

Reader’s Edition and the Big-E  – I ordered an additional 50 copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition to bring with me to the Big-E, where I offered both editions for sale. The results were amazing. Reader’s appreciated having a choice of versions that matched their reading preferences. Those who enjoyed the introductory weather-related quotes and discovering the links between them and the story and characters chose the full edition. Those who wanted a straight read that did not take them out of the story chose the Reader’s Edition. As a result, I sold out of more than 100 books by my last day at the Big-E and had to re-order more books for other signing events.

Angels Unaware

Back to the Bristol  Senior Center – Today, October 1, I returned to the Bristol Senior Center, the primary local for the new novel and the place where I wrote most of the draft. After getting feedback from New York agents and editors that the book was not yet ready for publication, I began the process of re-imagining it and I will start re-writing it at the Bristol Senior Center beginning next week.  Although this will significantly delay the release, I beg your patience as I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.

And Stage Lights – Still a Question – As I mentioned last month, parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware I enrolled in a playwriting course with the intention of writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. Thus far, the time required for other projects has made this one impossible to pursue. I hope to have some definitive information on this initiative in my next update.

Events

Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – I had to cancel this event because of my book sellout at the Big-E. Other wonderful Connecticut authors will be there and I encourage you to stop by and peruse their book offerings.

Apple Harvest Festival – Harvest the Arts – Southington CT – Oct 11 – 10am – 2pm – Once again I will be on Center Street in Southington signing my books during this annual celebration of the arts. Joan LaRose will be joining me. Joan is a longtime Southington resident and a gifted poet whose book of poems, Journey, was published last year.

Timeless Creativity – Southington Care Center – 45 Meriden Ave. Southington CT – Oct 11 – 2pm – 4pm – This is the third year for this annual celebration of the art and creativity at the Southington Care Center in conjunction with the Harvest the Arts program. Residents, staff and volunteers of the center will be sharing poetry, memoirs, photography and art. I have been co-coordinating the poetry group at the center during this period and the group members will be reading their poems. I encourage any of you in the local area who can make it to attend this important event. Many of the residents at SCC are well into their 80s and 90s, and others are confined to wheelchairs with debilitating conditions, yet the participating members prove that while the body may falter, the mind can remain vibrant and create works of profound beauty. If you have a church group or youth group that can attend together, it would mean a great deal to these hard working and talented individuals. Refreshments will be served, there is ample parking adjacent to the hospital parking lot, and I will be reading two of my award-winning and unpublished poems.

7th Annual Cromwell Craft Fair – Crown Plaza Hotel – Cromwell CT – October 25 – 10am – 4pm – I will be at this indoor craft fair event selling and signing my books. This will be a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Television Interviews – I have been fortunate to be interviewed on several local access television programs. After each program, the studio has sent me a DVD of the taping but because of my lack of video production expertise, I had no way of posting the information to the web for public viewing. Many thanks to my daughter-in-law Jennifer, of Miceli Productions LLC (MiceliProductions.com), for doing the video magic needed for me to post those interviews to U-Tube for all to see. You can view any of my posted interviews on U-Tube by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJl9eGUwY1DQv4e_LXBlbLA

Book Review – How does this sound for a novel. A person named Amanda, who slept in a pink painted bedroom, dies an untimely death. Her death leads another young woman to an abandoned mansion in a rural community that, from outward appearances, looks haunted. Our heroine is convinced that there is more to the story of the house than what others accept as truth but the more she delves into the house’s history, the more dangerous the situation becomes for her and those around her. Amanda’s Room? No.

I have just finished reading Killarney Traynor’s wonderful first novel, Summer Shadows. As I read it, the coincidental similarities between her book and mine gave me many moments of added delight. Traynor’s novel is a book worth savoring and I have posted an extensive review on Amazon.com and Goodreads. Check out the review and then check out the book. Traynor will be releasing her second book soon and I would expect we will be hearing much more about this talented writer in the future.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus

President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearThe new OLLI fall semester is now underway. Feedback on the fall classes has been excellent and we have had several outstanding speakers during our lunchtime OLLI Café program. On September 30, OLLI program coordinator, Aleta Staton, and I made a presentation to the Connecticut Retired Teachers Association that was enthusiastically received. To obtain more information about this terrific program visit our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/

***SPECIAL NOTE  TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***:  Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and tell us what you might be interested in sharing with our members. We will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu. If you have additional questions, you can e-mail me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.

A Special Request – If you’ve finished reading Amanda’s Room and have not done so, I’d love to hear your reaction and would very much appreciate your adding your rating and review to those already posted.

Most reviews are posted on Amazon, and you should be able to get there directly from this link: http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

If you are a Nook reader, you can post your review here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880?ean=2940148886969#reviews-header

And if you are an avid reader, you can share your thoughts, rating and review with other readers on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6492170.Chuck_Miceli

 

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

 

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

 

Up and Coming – July 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Sorry for the delay in posting this but June was an amazing month for my writing activities. Writing is often a solitary endeavor and many marketing and advertising activities can often feel like sending a rocket off into the universe and hoping for some type of response. Well, in June the universe responded! For all of you who have encouraged and supported me for so long, I give a heartfelt thank you. Here are some of the highlights:

Amanda’s Room

Amanda is Moving to California – In mid-June, I received an inquiry from a California Publishing company expressing interest in the original edition of Amanda’s Room and asking if I could send them a manuscript. I did and they responded by saying that after evaluating the book, they believed the concept is marketable and the writing style very good and they made an offer to re-publish the book. On June 26, we entered into a formal contract and have already started working together.

And Getting a Makeover – As part of the contract, the publisher will have an editor re-edit the book, will have designers create a new cover and re-design the interior layout per best-seller practices, will produce a new video trailer, new soft-cover, e-book and audio-book versions, and a first-ever hard-cover edition! Most important, they will advertise and market the book to targeted audiences and help secure new book reviews. I will, of course, be heavily involved in every aspect of the work, but believe me, this is the kind of work I love!

And a Couple Steps Closer to Hollywood – In late June I also received a call from the screenplay writer saying that the draft screenplay for Amanda’s Room was ready. I now have the draft and am currently reviewing it. I am thrilled with what I have read thus far. The goal is to have the final version ready by September. The screenwriter already has a working relationship with a couple California studios and, as a courtesy, wants to pitch it to them first. In addition, if Amanda’s Room hits specific sales quotas, my California publisher will independently pitch it to the Hollywood producers that they work with.  Much, much more to come on these developments in the coming months.

(Injured Angels) – Angels Unaware

Has a New Name – Based upon extensive beta reader feedback, I became convinced that the working title, Injured Angels, gave the wrong impression. Many readers said that the title indicated book might end on a down note and that is definitely not what it is about. Many thanks to my poetry group at the Southington Care Center who discussed the issue thoroughly and helped me identify the new, permanent title and the perfect sub-text for it. From now on, the title for my new book is Angels Unaware. In case that sounds familiar, it should. It comes from Hebrews 13:2 “Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

And a New Voice – Also because of the feedback from my beta readers, I have extensively re-written the first third of the book. While this has been a hell of a lot of work, it has also been well worth it. The chapters are more action oriented and cleaner, the pace is faster and the new story lines are more compelling. I am very proud of what the book is becoming and I firmly believe that those who read it will find it time well spent.

And a Promising Future – As I mentioned in last month’s Up and Coming, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a major publishing company editor in August to discuss Angels Unaware. They will be reading the first 40 pages of the new novel (which I have been working on non-stop for the last few weeks) and discussing their impression with me. I’m hoping to impress them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – While I wrote Amanda’s Room for the movie, I have been writing Angels Unaware with the play in mind. I am familiar with plays, having written and directed several over the years. To that end, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for my draft of the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing a stage production.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

Something Had to Give – With all of the work going on with the other projects, the new Reader’s Edition has been a neglected child. I put a call into Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to get together and discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. I also need to order additional copies for upcoming signing events. (See below)

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT  Once again, the Avon Free Public Library in Avon is offering its free summer-long literary series and I feel honored to have been invited back again to speak. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking on the series them about “The Reader’s Experience.” If you are interested in how we authors think about you as we are writing, how we tailor our words to meet your expectations and what we try to do to get inside your heads, this free event should be an enlightening and entertaining evening.

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.  Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a separate area. With so many authors in one place, this is a great place to interact with authors of every genre and discuss the craft with them. Who knows, you may even talk to the next James Patterson or J,K Rowling!

Authors, Artists and Publishers, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, visit their event page, NewEnglandAuthorsExpo on Facebook, or contact Chris Obert at cobert@PearTreePublishing.net or call him at (978) 372-5825.

Authors – Plan to join Chris Obert, others of his planning team members and me the evening before the Expo when I will be facilitating an informal networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. Join us 6pm for dinner before the meeting at the Grill & Bistro, Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA, or at 7pm for the networking meeting. It should be an entertaining and enjoyable evening. After the meeting stick around for music on the patio at this beautiful waterfront venue.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned earlier, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. Looking forward to it.

Authors: Interested in a writer’s conference that looks worthwhile and very well organized? Then you may want to check this one out. There is still time to register. You can get additional details on their website at http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/

Books and Bevs – Friday, August 28, 6-9 pm, 340 Broad Street Parkade Site, “Under the Tent”, Manchester. I was invited to participate in this exciting sounding event but a previous commitment made it impossible, so I want to pass the information along to my reading and writing friends. At this event, you will sample Bacardi spirit menu items while hearing from authors of some exciting titles how their particular books compliment the beverage. Participants pay $10, which includes the author book readings and beverage samples. What a civilized concept! For more information, contact Wendy Kopp via proseintime@gmail.com

Authors: Looking for a different kind of event to present your books at? Pare your book presentation up with popular drink menu items from the Bacardi line of spirits. Your entry fee is a donation to the benefiting organization, “Reach Out and Read.” This looks like a great, fun event for authors and readers alike. Check out the flyer or contact Wendy via proseintime@gmail.com

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

Important: When the new edition of Amanda’s Room is ready to be published, some previous editions will be unpublished and the price of the newer edition may be higher. If you know someone who has been on the fence about buying it, now might be a good time.

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

My Interview on Broad Mind

Here is my interview on Broad Mind with Tracy Rotkiewicz​. Thanks Tracy for a great interview! If you are interested in the background for all of my major book projects, this interview covers them extremely well. http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.

Tracy did an excellent job of leading the interview so as to cover a broad array of topics involving the personal motivation behind each of my writing projects and for that I am extremely thankful.

Don’t Read This if you haven’t finished “Amanda’s Room” and don’t want to spoil the Ending!

I received an excellent set of questions from a reader on “Amanda’s Room.” Below I have given Juliet the answers to areas of the book that she was unclear about. If you have finished the book, you might find these answers very helpful. If you are planning on reading the book or haven’t finished it yet, and hate knowing where the book is going before you get there, skip this blog and catch the next one.

Hello Juliet,

Now that I have some time, I’m ready to answer your excellent questions re. Amanda’s Room.

Q. What happened to Drew to make him so callous? How could he think about killing his best friend and the girl he admires.

A. If you’ve read my bio on my Amazon.com author’s page, you already know that I spent much of my career in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. From that experience, I’ve learned that many, if not most killers, are made, not born. The psychotic is someone whose emotions are disconnected from his behavior. He can kill without feeling remorse. Drew is not psychotic. His is capable of love and hatred. In fact, it is his capacity for deep feelings that drives many of his actions. First off, he feels abandoned. His own parents gave him away but kept his sister (pg 203). Then, when his adoptive parents are killed in a car accident (Pg 205 – No, he did not kill them, he felt loved by them) no one else will take him in and he becomes a ward of the state. Colicky and emotionally troubled, he is bounced from one foster placement to another until he winds up with the Samuelson’s who love him deeply (pg 231). But when Richard dies suddenly and Roslyn has a breakdown, Andy is once again ripped from a loving home and back into a series of foster placements. In at least one of them he is severely abused (pg 225). So Andy becomes angry and his anger turns to hatred, and his hatred turns to revenge. In 2006, he kills the abusive foster father (pg 290). When Tess describes her abusive foster father, Ralph Campbell, Andy follows her to Indiana after her mother’s death to try to protect her from Ralph. But when he learns of Ralph’s designs on Tess, his anger wells up again and he rids Tess of Ralph once and for all. That would probably have ended Andy’s killing spree had he not read Chris’s report and realized that he was about to be uncovered, and that would probably lead to his being caught for the murders, so in a panic, he kills Chris. Amanda tries to intervene through the waterspout but not soon enough. Amanda inadvertently provides Andy with a means to disappear and make Chris out to be him. But Bert and Katie are persistent and keep digging for the truth, so Andy decides to kill Katie and use Bert to help frame Chris for the murders. Regarding Andy’s killing his father when Ed was showing him love, as Andy said, it was too little, too late. If Andy accepted Ed advice, he was going to spend the rest of his life in prison. He also felt that Ed and Cynthia were ultimately responsible for all of the hurt and pain he had felt in his life, so Ed was simply going to be another one of Chris’s casualties. Drew probably would have gotten away with it too, had Amanda not intervened again to stop him.

Q. Did Amanda have anything to do with the tornado that killed Katie’s parents?

A. No. That tornado was an act of nature. It served, however, to cause Katie to seek to understand the nature of violent weather and made her more sensitive to Amanda’s presence in the weather. When Amanda uses another tornado to try to intervene during Tess’s trial, Katie must overcome the lingering terror from her parent’s deaths in order to save her friend.

Q. Why were they researching the weather?

A. Because of the strange weather anomalies they uncovered, beginning with Katie’s maps (pg 82).

Q. Why did Amanda control the weather, in & around her?

A. Amanda died when she was three months old. She spent the next 18 years alone in the abandoned mansion without the benefit of human contact so even though she grew and matured during all that time, she never learned how to communicate with words. She communicated by manipulating the environment and the weather. Only after the students arrived did Amanda begin to understand them, but even then she did not learn how to respond back in words.

Q. What did the paint have to do with it? Was the tainted paint the reason Cynthia killed Amanda, as opposed to the PPD?

A. The tainting of the paint set up the supernatural event in the story. Snakes Finley’s blood mixed with the Baker-Miller pink created a means for Finley’s evil to live on through the paint. Cynthia suffering from PPD, combined with her guilt over giving her son away, and sleeplessness from her baby daughter’s relentless sickness, made her susceptible to the paint’s power, so she suffocated her daughter. But the innocence of Amanda’s spirit came into direct conflict with the evil projected by the paint and its influence (including on Drew). The rest of the book is a battle between these two forces.

Q. I know why Cynthia couldn’t live in that house anymore, but why have it vacant for so long? Why didn’t they just sell it? I thought that they might have experienced something spooky!

 

A.  Cynthia had no control over the fate of the house. She was powerless to do anything emotionally regarding the house because of her own feelings of guilt and her powerlessness against Gareth. Gareth, still angry over Cynthia’s insistence on giving up one of their children and then killing the other, looked forward toward making Cynthia’s life miserable. That’s why he smiled when she said she couldn’t go back into the house. He kept the house as a means of tormenting his wife, until it no longer fulfilled that purpose. He didn’t need or want the money from the tainted building so he took the tax write-off when he donated it to the college.

Q. Why did the walls bleed? It didn’t really get rid of her. Drew stabbed the wall, & she tornadoed his butt out of there!

A. The battle between Amanda and Finley did not end until the house was demolished, at which point Finley was destroyed and Amanda could let go once and for all. The bleeding was Finley’s blood still very much alive in the paint, yet entwined in his mystical battle with Amanda.

Q. If they really believed it was just weather related, & not super-natural, why keep the research a secret?

A. Katie was convinced that the weather events were due to Amanda (supernatural). Drew knew too, but wouldn’t let on. Chris and Tess certainly believed in the possibility that it was something more than just weather. Only Bert was insistent that there should be a natural explanation and even he came around after the hurricane. Remember too, that any covenants made in the room became binding on the individuals, even if they felt otherwise. At first, because they agreed to keep it secret until they knew more, the power of the room prevented their telling. Then, it was the enormity of the find that caused them to keep it secret until they knew enough to share. Later, Bert was considering expanding the team and during the hurricane he invited Josh from MIT to help investigate.

Q. And what did the Summer & Winter Soltices have to do w/ anything?

A. If you look up the astronomical charts concerning the dates and times in the book (pg 144 et al – Yes, I was anal enough to do that level of research) you will find that Amanda was born at the exact moment of the Autumn Equinox. Presumably, she was conceived at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice nine months earlier, and she was murdered at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice again.) The coincidence of these events linked Amanda’s death and the cycles of her weather activities to the astronomical cycles of the sun.)

A. The inclement weather was due Amanda warning them about what Drew was doing. Was it to throw us off track?

Q. Very much the opposite. That was part of the mystery to be solved. If you carefully study the weather events in the book, you will almost always find that the coincide with one of Drew’s violent acts. Without being able to communicate directly, Amanda used the weather as a warning that Drew was about to kill again (as in the breakdown of the room environment when Katie was trying to seduce Bert), or in an attempt to stop Drew from acting (as when the waterspout “aimed for them” when Drew and Chris were in the boat.)

So there you have it Juliet. I hope these answers clear up any confusion you might have felt. Everything and everyone in the book was there for a purpose and I hope delving into those meanings help to make it a more enjoyable read. Please let me know if I succeeded.

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

Author, Amanda’s Room

 

Reader Reaction to Amanda’s Room

I often find myself wondering, what do readers really think about “Amanda’s Room?” So I go to Amazon.com regularly to review the comments. Here is what I found the last time I looked.

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of all the things I like in a book, suspense, mystery, intrigue and a little bit of romance! I found it hard to put down, as I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I would… definitely recommend this to other readers!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Amanda’s Room. It kept me thinking about what would happen next and who was the real ‘bad guy’. Was it really Amanda, Chris or someone else? I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I hated for it to end. I will be looking forward to other books written by Chuck Micelli in the future.

I give this book a 5 star rating. It is a thriller at every turn. Just when you think you’ve figured everything out, Mr. Miceli throws a fast curve. I was on the edge of my seat through everypage. Awesome read. Hope he does future books with heroine Katie Jarvis.

I don’t normally read thrillers, but I decided to give this one a try. Intriguing concept and well-paced. Certainly recommended!

This is an amazing story! It keeps you guessing until the very end. I literally could not put it down! It is soooo worth the lack of sleep and extra cup of coffee the next morning. PLEASE continue on with these characters. Can’t wait to see a movie made from this book! 🙂

Loved this e-book. Would like to eventually buy the printed copy so I could get Chuck Miceli’s autograph. I think this author will be thrilling us in the future. I had a hard time putting this book down. I was so anxious to read about what would happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, the supernatural, and a little fantasy.

A suspense novel which melds fantasy with a few tips about real weather events. The author builds his story around a haunted room and leads the reader into leaving behind reality for thrills. The e-book was great, and the printed copy, when it comes out, is going in my personal library, autographed! The cover advertises the contents! Shivers! Makes you want to look outside your window and check the weather for storms. Have you checked the lightning rods on your rooftop lately? Chuck Miceli is an author to look forward to for more good reading.

Want to weigh in. If you read the book already, what was your reaction to Amanda’s Room?