Monday, August 30, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Origen: A True Story of Evil by Peter J. Perry and Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Origen: A True Story of Evil by Peter J. Perry and Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the authors. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on along the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Origen: A True Story of Evil
Authors: Peter J. Perry and Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 9th 2021
Print Length: 285 pages
Genre: True Crime
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Have you ever come face to face with the devil? In a tapestry of sports, business, and dating, there is an evil presence that is not quite visible to anyone: The Bedroom Strangler. A serial killer that scales fifteen storey buildings, enters through the balcony, and stealthily slithers under the bedroom bed, with the sole intent of raping and murdering innocent women in their sleep. He has been classified as the worst serial killer in Ontario history and Canada's most dangerous criminal ever, operating at the height of London's 40 year serial killer period, from 1974 - 1978.

The Bedroom Strangler is a member of a gym. It is the same gym the protagonist managed during the 1970's. Members of the gym trained and worked out together, never knowing their friend's true nature. In fact, Mike even introduced the killer to a female member friend at a gym party, a woman who lived in the same building as the murderer; a woman who would become his last victim. As a result of unprecedented tactics by police, Mike ends up becoming part of the investigation—but will he be able to stop this evil predator? It took 40 years to write this story and it's important to remember that this story is being told by someone who was there.

Origen: A True Story of Evil truly began when Mike's real-life persona, Peter J. Perry, was just 17 years old. At the time, he was just a student of St. Mary's College in Sault St. Marie who would carry out heated discussions with a priest, Father Lawlor, about the existence of the devil. Father Lawlor tells him that one day he might meet someone so evil, he will surely know the devil exists, and maybe he will do some good by it. And we will. Part of the proceeds of this novel are being contributed to good causes to respect both the victims and Father Lawlor.

The novel's title reflects a belief about the dynamic forms of energy as Origen believed that demons can take human form and humans can also be demonized. What follows is inspired by true events. All the names of characters have been changed and many of the events happened, although not all.

This painting of the gym scene, the dating scene, the underground fighting martial arts scene, the psychiatric scene, and Origen's beliefs may cause you to rethink the devil. If you dare to read the contents of this book, you can come to your own conclusion: Is there more to evil than what we think?

Based on an original screenplay by Peter Perry and Geoff Hart.

Property of the Origen Foundation Inc.

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EXCERPT:
“Perfect.” Detective Williams stands on the scene looking down on the latest murder victim; a young blonde whose eye colour is now unknown. He glances around the room and at the other two lieutenants. Jenkins holds his stare. The gruff lieutenant next to Jenkins looks away. “Not a speck of dust. Not a single misplaced hair,” Williams says, walking about the room. He puts on a glove and reaches out to touch the girl’s hand. Her skin is cold.

“Did the medical examiner give a time of death?” Jenkins asks the other lieutenant.

The gruff lieutenant checks his notes. “He estimates between twenty-four to thirty hours ago.”

Williams looks up in surprise. “So, she died yesterday, early morning, before sunrise?” He questions the lieutenant.

Jenkins nods, a look of disdain on her face. “You’ve been right all along. Consistent pattern. Too consistent to be coincidence. It’s definitely him. Apartment looks cleaner than is realistically plausible. It’s as though no one even lived here... It’s him. He was here,” Jenkins tells him. She taps her pen on her notebook periodically as she speaks. A nervous tick. Williams notices she wants this killer caught just as much as he does.

Williams nods in agreement. Being vindicated is a hollow victory. All along, he has been hoping for some monumental turn of events to prove him wrong. In his heart, he knows he will never be that lucky. But here they are, gathered around another crime scene, the truth slowly revealing itself.

“Should we talk it through just to be thorough?” Jenkins asks. “The deaths are becoming more frequent. We have to get this right,” she says adamantly. Williams agrees wholeheartedly.

Williams himself isn’t opposed to it. What if it is something completely new? Something unprecedented like bad sleeping pills or a breakout of something viral. There is always that chance. But if that were the case, why only females? He doubted a virus would be selective. Williams gestures for Jenkins to start.

“If the room hadn’t been cleaned thoroughly, wouldn’t there be little blonde hairs everywhere from her brushing her hair before she went to bed?” Jenkins wonders aloud to the room.

“If not here in the bed, there would be at least some in the bathroom,” Williams adds.

Jenkins continues. “Wouldn’t there be a sock, or perhaps a bra or something, lost behind the bed? Something out of place somewhere in the bedroom of a student who doesn’t have time to look after such things because she’s either too busy studying or partying.”

The gruff lieutenant feels compelled to interject. “If she had sex recently, how do we prove it was from her killer, and not just someone she was partying with?” Williams could tell the lieutenant came to work for an easy paycheck and would prefer not to do all the hard work that was part of the job.

It was a good question, but Williams has the answer.

“We can check for evidence of necrophilia,” Jenkins states solemnly before Williams can answer.

“He might not have had sex with her while she was alive. In fact, he likely did it after she was dead.”

The gruff lieutenant tries not to seem shocked by the answer, but Williams can tell he is.

“The troubling question is: how is he getting access?” Williams points out. “Death doesn’t typically swoop down in the black of night and take perfectly healthy twenty-something females. These are girls who eat right, exercise, hold down jobs, go to school. There are more patterns emerging as his MO and signature grow. What I am worried about is the next step.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
PETER J. PERRY’S athletic accomplishments include being an eight-time Canadian open powerlifting champion from 1976-1984. He won the North American powerlifting championship in 1979, and dedicated his trophy to the woman he promised he would dedicate it to in this novel, Jessica. Peter was also the U.S. deadlift champion in 1980, International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Open fifth place in 1982, World Masters level-one drug-free powerlifting champion in 1991, and three-time Canadian Masters Powerlifting champion in the years 1991, 1992 and 1993. Best gym lifts certified by the IPF judge are: squat at 750 lbs, bench press at 450 lbs and deadlift at 775 lbs at a body weight of 208 lbs. Knee wraps and squat suit plus a lifting belt were the only pieces of equipment used.

Peter founded Peter Perry Insurance Agency LTD in 1978 and is still the operating president. The company is a London-based insurance and investment brokerage specializing in RRSPs, tax-free savings accounts, segregated funds, tax shelters, RRIFs & LIFs, creditor proofing, annuities, educational savings plans, GICs, and Mortgage insurances. Being a certified and award-winning independent brokerage allows Peter to custom-tailor financial portfolios to suit the specific needs of the client and easily make amendments as one journeys through the various stages of their life. Peter’s acclaimed background in health and fitness as a drug-free world & Canadian powerlifting champion makes him particularly mindful of retirement, health and long-term planning and incorporating all aspects of life into the advice he provides his clients.

Some interesting facts about Peter are that he was born in Toronto but grew up in Sault Ste. Marie. He became a St. Mary’s Knight due to his academics and sports and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie. He was the manager of Vic Tanny’s gym from 1974 to 1978 before launching his insurance company and beginning a new career path.
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KATHLEEN ELIZABETH SUMPTON is an advocate for the arts and often works with languages. With a passion for culture and a focus on communications, she is an Author. Poet, and Communications Professional with a primary focus on writing. She has a working background in fourteen different languages.

Her five-year plan is to secure two master’s degrees in English and business, followed by a PhD in English, while running her freelance business.

Her 10-year goal is to publish novels and other works in the genre of satire in order to strengthen communications locally and globally by discussing the proper use of language and terminology.

Her work brings awareness to large societal issues such as the criminal justice system, substance abuse, and mental health, a variety of topics everyone else is too afraid to talk about.

As a representative for members of the community as well as for her own projects, Kathleen hopes to enrich her surroundings with both the beauty and power writing holds. It is now her personal mission in life to provide meaning and entice insight through literature. When she is not busy with her work, you can find Kathleen enjoying the outdoors or spending time with family. Favourite hobbies are working out and people-watching. She operates out of Southern Ontario.

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GUEST POST:
Do you believe humans are born evil or are we made evil? Why?

I find it very dubious that humans can be born evil.

Psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists may have less empathy than most, but this is largely due to having differences in the structure of their brain. Many psychopaths become successful business people, surgeons, ect.

The decision to kill is a choice, whether a psychopath or anyone else. The behavior usually evolves over time. For this reason, it seems more likely that evil is a progression that someone gradually grows into.

Origen Adamantius felt that demons could take human form or perhaps, more accurately, that humans could become demonized. As disturbing a concept as partial possession is, it still mean that humans become evil, they're not born that way.
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GIVEAWAY:
Peter Perry and Kathleen Sumpton will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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187 comments:

  1. How long was the writing process?

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  2. Sounds like a very good book.

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  3. This would be awesome- thank you for the chance!

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  4. I think this book would give me nightmares and will be adding it to my reading list. I always enjoy books that take place in Ontario.
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  5. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  6. How did you decide to write true crime and not fiction

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  7. Is this available at libraries in the USA?

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  8. Do you prefer ebooks or solid books?

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  9. I believe that there is a lot about evil that we will never understand.

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  10. The book sounds fascinating! I love the ominous cover!

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  11. Do you do a lot of people watching?

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  12. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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  13. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  14. Do you take holidays as time off from writing?

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  15. Do you prefer writing in the cooler weather months?

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  16. Do you carry a notebook with you when you are out to jot down thoughts about the book you're writing?

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  17. Sounds like a really interesting book. I look forward to checking it out.

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  18. You are very lucky. God was with you.

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  19. Have you always wanted to be a writer & what helped you to decide on it?

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  20. What do you drink while you're writing?

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  21. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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  22. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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  23. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  24. Do you write short stories too?

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  25. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  26. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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  27. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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  28. Have you ever won a giveaway before?

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  29. Do you take time off from writing?

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  30. Where do you get your inspiration from?

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  31. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  32. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  33. Looks like a scary one.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  34. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. What's your favorite character?

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  36. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  37. I tend to get in a rut reading the same authors.
    I am going to read one of your books so I get some variety.

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  38. What is your favorite movie genre?

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  39. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  40. Do you use your local library for research?

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  41. Do you make an outline when you write your books?

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  42. Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

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  43. how do you come up with the main story plot? thanks

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  44. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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  45. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  46. how do you settle on a plot twist? thanks

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  47. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  48. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  49. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  50. Do you prefer beach or mountains?

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  51. What did you do for your community this year?

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  52. What's your favourite urban legend?

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  53. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  54. This sounds like a book that would keep me reading way past my bed time!

    Nancy
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  55. Have you ever been so stuck that you stopped writing a book?

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  56. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  57. When do you do your best writing?

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  58. This sounds like a book that would have you keep on extra lights in the house as you read!

    Nancy
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  59. This sounds like a very scary book that would give me goosebumps when I read it!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  60. Have you ever had a Glitch in the Matrix moment?

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  61. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  62. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  63. Do you keep a notebook to jot down story ideas?

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  64. I think it is interesting that you have earned two master’s degrees in English and business, followed by a PhD in English. Hooray for higher education!

    Nancy
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  65. Do you have a favorite holiday?

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  66. Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

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  67. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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  68. Just looking at the cover of this book gives me the shivers!

    Nancy
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  69. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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  70. Do you have a favorite way to spend your down time?

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  71. I think that it is good to have 5 and 10 year plans and goals.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  72. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  73. Are the leaves turning where you live?

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  74. I think that I would have to have all the lights on in the house when I read this scary book!

    Nancy
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  75. The authors have had interesting careers and experiences. I am sure that knowledge enriches their writing.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  76. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  77. I am not sure if I am brave enough to read this scary book!

    Nancy
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  78. The bloody weapon shown on the book cover is really quite scary looking!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  79. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  80. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  81. Wow! That knife on the book cover really looks dangerous!

    Nancy
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  82. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  83. Sometimes truth is scarier than fiction - in this book, for example!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  85. I think it is interesting that this book was based on an original screenplay by Peter Perry and Geoff Hart.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  86. How many books do you read in a year?

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  87. I think the cover of your book is really scary looking!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  88. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  89. Do you still write when you're on vacation?

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  90. True Crime books like this one make for interesting - and frightening - reading!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  91. When did you last pull an all nighter?

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  92. how much editing do you usually have to do? thanks

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  93. Do you always use a computer to write?

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  94. I get a chill just looking at the cover of this book!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  95. The cover of your book is very dark - both literally and figuratively!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  96. This just might be one of the scariest books I have ever seen.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  97. Do you wear glasses? What do you frames look like>?

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  98. How do you decide on names for your characters?

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  99. What inspires you when in a writing slump?

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  100. The story of the The Bedroom Strangler sounds really very scary!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  101. What is your favourite part of fall?

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  102. I think that the cover of your book is sure to draw the eye!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  103. What is your favorite way to practice self care?

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  104. Are you already planning your next book?

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  105. The cover of this book would certainly make it stand out in a bookstore.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  106. Origen: A True Story of Evil by authors Peter J. Perry and Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton would be a book to read with all the lights in the house turned on!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  107. do you have others read your work before you submit it to your editor/publisher? thanks

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  108. That looks like a really gigantic knife on the book cover!

    Nancy
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  109. Do you still have your wisdom teeth/

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  110. What's your favorite book to re-read?

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  111. I might have a nightmare after reading this book!

    Nancy
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  112. Reading this book might keep me looking back over my shoulder for evildoers!

    Nancy
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  113. Do you like writing short stories?

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  114. You might ned nerves of steel to read this scary book!

    Nancy
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  115. Don't stay up too late reading tonight!

    Nancy
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  116. This seems like a gripping story in a genre I like reading. Thanks for the intro.

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  117. Did you dress up for Halloween?

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  118. Sounds like a great book. I love reading True Crime.

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  119. Sounds like a wonderful book!

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  120. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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