Our Spotlight this week is on author Mickey J. Corrigan and her latest offering, Songs Of The Maniacs and there are giveaways!
if You No Longer Know Who You Are?
I wrote Songs of the Maniacs a few
years ago, I was trying to decide if I wanted to continue to be a writer. Who
was I as a writer and what did it matter? My mood was dark (obviously), but I
came upon a cool idea: What would happen if I let my writer brain grapple with
the issue instead of my logic brain? In other words, stop thinking and start
I let the story inside me trickle out. I set it in a fictional world—somewhere
near me, sometime in the near future—in which EVERYONE seemed to be losing
their identities. Where who are you
was being replaced by who are you
a ride that was. I had no idea where I was headed or what it all meant, but I
was determined to write without judgment and see what came out on the page. If
I got off my own case, what kind of story would I tell myself?
results surprised me. If you read the story (which has now been through the
usual multiple revisions but still maintains the same twisted plotline), you
can watch as a woman loses her identity, then becomes someone else.
A psychiatrist would have a field day with this one, should I try to explain
how the contents had something to do with my own rite of passage.
Finding an interested
publisher took me on another journey, one that lasted more than four years. But
along the way, I found an agent, a terrific writing partner, a supportive
writing group, and myself. And yes, I am still a writer.
Mickey J. Corrigan lives
and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida. She publishes with
pulpy presses with names like Breathless, Champagne and Bottom Drawer. Recent
books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series (Whiskey Sour Noir,
Vodka Warrior, Tequila Dirty); and the
thriller Sugar Babies.
When the real you is someone you don't know,
then you sing the songs of the maniacs.
her office at a mental health institute outside what appears to be Miami, a
troubled young woman counsels deeply disturbed clients while coping with her
own heightening concerns. These include frightening consciousness lapses, violent
memories of a high school sexual relationship, a menacing stalker, and an
annoyingly arousing visitor who may or may not be insane. All this on a single
stormy day at a time when a new mental health disorder has become epidemic and
is threatening to distort memory and identity, unmooring the validity of
young woman’s search for illumination becomes an eerie struggle, as she
attempts to understand her past, present, and true self. The hypnotic pull of
the story lies in the mystery of the storyteller herself and her murky, uneasy
sense of doom. A seductive and chilling novella, Songs of the Maniacs relies
on clear proseand uncluttered imagery to delineate a fascinating
descent into the abyss beneath the lush tropical surfaces of contemporary