Jeanette Gibson

Biography

I’ve has had a lifelong dream of writing fiction, but it has taken almost a lifetime to grow the guts to give it a serious try. (“Me, an author?”) Not that writing is new to me. For more decades than I’d like to say, I’ve made my living as a writer/editor of marketing collateral for companies of all kinds. And for years I’ve sketched plot ideas, thoughts and snippets of observations in journals…kind of sneaking up on the real deal. I collect odd facts and arcane information; I love eccentrics, and you’ll find plenty of these elements in The Last Word Cemetery.

Besides commercial copy writing, I’ve worked as a high-school French teacher, public relations coordinator, educational AV editor and marketer of my and my husband’s photography business.

I'd love to see your feedback about my work: jgibson0412@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did the unusual idea for The Last Word Cemetery come from?
From a pretty direct source—visiting cemeteries and reflecting on how full, active lives culminate in a name and date on a headstone and eventually are forgotten. That and the experience of losing loved ones. Everyone should understand how that feels. So one day, it occurred to me how cool it would be if graves had some sort of built-in device that would tell about the person’s life.
This is a rather serious topic, but The Last Word Cemetery is hilarious in places, and a tongue-in-cheek style runs throughout the story. How did you come by that combination?
Well, as anyone who appreciates comedy knows, even the most sober topics can be humorous in some way. I absolutely love satire and black humor, and I think my themes lend themselves to this type of treatment. In Part One, it’s the tongue-in-cheek thing, as you mentioned. In Part Two, anything goes. (Laughs.) You know, there’s a bit about the “Sitting Wait” ritual of the Jews of the future. After I wrote it down, I thought, “Hey, Mel Brooks’s Thousand-Year-Old Man character should be saying this!” Most people probably won’t know what I’m talking about. It’s worth checking YouTube for old Mel Brooks routines; you’ll laugh.
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Books

The Last Word Cemetery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,680. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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The Last Word Cemetery is a mind-bending mash-up of tragic love and apocalyptic mayhem…in which the cemetery itself is responsible for both the chaos and the ray of hope at the end of the world. There is something for everyone in this funny, poignant, irreverent story, told with wit, style and heart.

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