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Mary Zinda has been studying and practicing her craft for over a decade by attending conferences, critique groups, and writing classes. She has learned many valuable lessons from other talented writers and finally feels her novels are ready to see the light of day. Mary has proudly joined the ranks of indie author with the release of her first published eBook, Lark of Yesteryear, for children ages 10-15.
Born and raised in the Badger State, Mary loves to hike its beautiful trails and camp in its scenic state parks with her husband, three sons, dog, and cat (yes, the cat loves to camp!) Mary loves all things old, run-down, and haunted and admits that several nights a week she can be found watching paranormal TV shows and movies in the dark. She has never met a real ghost, but she hopes to one day. In the meantime, Mary writes from her ghost-free home in the beautiful Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin.
Rafter Five Press
on June 27, 2012 :
LARK OF YESTERYEAR is a creepy ghost story told from the point of view of a young girl who doesn’t realize at first that she’s a ghost who has been dead for 138 years. Lark watches the visitors who come and go to her old house, now a museum. The comments the visitors make both amuse and confuse her. Why don’t they know what a meat grinder is? Why do they think an outhouse is funny? But most of all, she longs for someone to notice her because she’s so lonely. She’s also terrified of her father who seems to have turned into some vengeful being, the complete opposite of what he used to be. Finally, a young boy named Owen ‘hears’ her and feels her ghostly presence. But their friendship takes a turn when Lark starts to remember the events of the great Peshtigo fire that wreaked tragedy on her family and many others so long ago.
Mary Zinda has expertly developed interesting characters filled with flaws and hopes and conflicts. Her ghosts are appropriately scary and her careful attention to historical details and vivid writing make this a recommended, spine-tingling read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)