Dusty Waters is a ghost story, a family saga, the history of a haunted house, and a biography of a folksinger. Dusty's friend, Katharine, has volunteered to help her write the official biography, but there is one piece of her life that will not be part of the biography, she can see ghosts; Dusty's ancestral home Tanglewood is filled with them. This inherited sight adds a vexing dimension to her psyche that is an uneasy burden to live with, and eventually, she will learn to come to terms with it.
Laura gives an overview of the book:
For three years after Dad’s death, his ghost remained seated at the kitchen table, puzzling over why no one but me could see him; being just a little shit at the time, I didn’t have the verbal tools to explain — or to comfort. Of course, no one believed me, because “there are no such things as ghosts” — or so I’ve been told. Only Dad would have believed me if he were alive and could come to my defense. So, I identified his classification as a such thing — I separate the words now, but at the time, it was one word suchthing. It’s kinda funny how a child’s mind processes what they are told; it’s dreamlike, words have a visual substance to them — I tried to picture their meaning — at least, what I thought they meant in context with the feeling expressed by the speaker.
I knew Dad was dead—his body dead and buried, but as a suchthing, he was still there, only I could see him. I never really mourned losing him, because I hadn’t really lost him, just the part of him that I could touch. I guess you can imagine my Ma and siblings thinking I had gone off my rocker because I’d sit at the table directing conversation to the empty chair where Dad’s physical life ended and his metaphysical one began. After all, seeing is believing — if you can’t see it, you don’t believe it — I saw him — therefore, I believed.
I am an independent author from Upstate New York. My husband, Fred Wellner, and I formed our own publishing company, Field Stone Press in June 2009 and have started a new chapter in our life together, writing and publishing darn good books. My debute novel is Dusty Waters...