Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story is a family saga, the history of a haunted house, and a biography of a folksinger. It is the debut novel by Laura J. W. Ryan is constructed around the biography of an indie guitar-slinger, folksinger, Dusty Waters. Dusty's childhood friend, the writer, Katharine Tierney, has volunteered to write the official biography of the quirky musician. As they sit down to record interviews over the course of time, there is one piece of Dusty's life that will not be part of the finished book, Dusty can see ghosts. Her family's ancestral home, Tanglewood, is filled with them, including the eccentric 18th century architect, Cornelius Lamoureux, who designed the mansion that sits on the top of Tanglewood hill, the highest point in Lyons, a small, canal town in Upstate New York. This inherited sight adds a vexing dimension to her psyche that becomes an uneasy burden that she eventually comes to terms with as she reviews her past.
Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story is published by Field Stone Press in the same white farmhouse located on a windswept hilltop acre in Lafayette, New York where it was written. Self-published by Laura J. W. Ryan, the book design is by Fred Wellner, and printed through Createspace.
Causes Laura Ryan Supports
NPR, PBS, ASPCA, Food Bank, PEN American