welcoming Merry Freer to Reviews
and Interviews today. We’re talking about her new paranormal/occult novel Special Levels of Earthly Hell.
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One Family’s Chilling Struggle with Demonic Possession was inspired by
actual events that were experienced by her nuclear and extended families,
tearing relationships apart and making national news headlines. This book comes
on the heels of her first book, a memoir named Doctor, Doctor. While Doctor,
Doctor is her debut novel, she has been a writer and editor for many years,
including work with the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Hall of Champions.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and
has been a featured speaker for classes dealing with medical ethics.
Doctor, topped the Best Seller List in True Crime/White Collar Crime for 10
months and received a “Best Books of 2014” award from “Suspense
Welcome, Merry. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
Levels of Earthly Hell was inspired by the true story of Drew
Collins, an educated, science-oriented young man who rejects belief in the
paranormal and the existence of demons – until an evil energy he calls “The
Beast” repeatedly enters his bedroom at night and takes possession of his
reconciled with science. And yet he sees it with his own eyes, feels its
presence, ominous and evil, with his entire being.
not just his marriage that’s at stake. The evil force has invaded his wife’s
family, tearing them apart and culminating in bloodshed and murder. Drew must
face a stark choice: sacrifice his belief that the world is a rational place
and fight an entity he doesn’t understand and is reluctant to label, or abandon
his wife and her family.
What inspired you to write this book?
most frightening and brutal events in this book are factual and the telling of
this story was cathartic for several of the characters involved. The story is
loosely based on a family’s experience with multiple tragedies. It is also an
excruciatingly factual account of one man’s experience with a loved one who is
possessed by a demonic presence. However, it transcends genre and is as much a
tale of romance, of cultural barriers, of abuse, and of family drama, as it is
of demonic possession. The link between the introduction of an evil spirit and
the heartbreaking misfortunes that are visited on the family is left for the
reader to decide.
did remember waking up. Something was wrong. A chill traveled up his spine and
enveloped him. With a sickening feeling of familiarity, sweat began to form on
his forehead and trickle down his temples as fear overcame him. He quickly
glanced at the digital clock on the table beside the bed. The blood-red numbers
announced the time eerily – 3:00am – a haunting reminder of the first time.
of it. His eyes were immediately drawn to the window. A dark fear formed in his
gut and sent out tentacles of terror that invaded his thoughts and squeezed his
lungs, threatening his very breath.
his feet but his trembling legs couldn’t support him and he allowed himself to
fall back onto the bed next to his sleeping wife, Adriana. Turning his head
toward the window, he looked closer at what appeared to be vapor, distorted
lines of energy waving like the air in the distance over a desert highway in
August. A terrifying feeling of knowledge washed over him. It was alive.
are you working on next?
I’m thinking of moving out of my primarily non-fiction
comfort zone and plan to move into a story that involves time travel. It’s in
my head – I just need to put it on paper!
When did you first consider yourself a
pretty elaborate stories as early as age seven. My interest in writing led me
to a degree in journalism, but it wasn’t until I wrote my first published book
with a plot, Doctor, Doctor that I
truly considered myself a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
retired, so I have the luxury of creating my own schedule. When I’m not writing
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking and shopping for
treasures at thrift stores and yard sales.
What would you say is your interesting
writing issue when I’m out and about and I dictate my ideas to my phone and
send myself e-mails.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
that reached beyond being a teacher or a nurse. I’m not much of a “future
thinker” but I thought being a wife and mother sounded easy and pleasant
enough. What a surprise that was!
share with the readers?
If you choose to read Special
Levels of Earthly Hell it is my hope that you will not see it solely as a
story of demonic possession. The characters in this book are based on real
people, and the book documents their stories of immigration to a country that
was foreign to them and the cultural barriers they confronted as a result. A
good “demon” story is always interesting, but one that happens to real people
who have real problems aside from the ghosts that haunt them is even better.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!