Witches, Appalachian Serial Killers & Squirrel Stew (Interview & a Recipe)
A Cabin Goddess Interview & a Recipe
Welcome George! Glad you could start your ‘Rattleman’ tour here at the Cabin.. Sit a spell & watch out for the squirrels, they have a mean right hook!
George Shuman is the international bestselling author of the Sherry Moore series about a blind woman who can see 18 seconds from a dead person’s life, using her innate ability to track down their killers.
George’s first four Sherry Moore books are published by Simon & Schuster. ’18 Seconds’ is currently in production for a major Hollywood motion picture.
Rattleman is the first of George’s books to be published by Taylor Street. It too will be a major Hollywood motion picture. (The book is also free for the length of the tour)
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CABIN GODDESS – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)
GEORGE – That would be the Tattoo of a palm tree and setting sun on my hipbone that my 92-year-old mother still does not know about. SO let’s just keep it that way! NO PHOTOS PLS!
CABIN GODDESS – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (if you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 words with the prompt of “darkness” (yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it and GO!)
HISTORICAL FICTION from the Middle Ages- My TITLE would be
………The scourge reached the shores of France in the summer of 1582. Scores of witches had been reported flying south out of Denmark and dispersing throughout the Holy Roman Empire, some entering Bavaria, then the provinces of Champagne and Normandy. They were, according to the Holy See, retaliating against the Papal abolishment of the Pagan calendar, recruiting disciples in defiance of Pope Gregory VIII. In Paris the self-proclaimed wizard Trois-Echelles testified before a royal court that a coven a hundred thousand strong was growing within the confines of France. King Henry wanted them dead and appointed inquisitors to travel throughout the provinces. There were skeptics of course, but none so bold as to defend an accused. A century before Pope Innocent VIII had deemed it a crime not to believe in witches, an offense in itself punishable by death. Witches, Innocent said, were responsible for the blights of the forest and diseases of the earth, for ships lost in tempests, for too much or too little rain. Witches were in fact the foundation of all man’s ills and when the Pope said “man’s ills” he meant it in the strictest sense of the word. Women, having weaker minds were more likely to likely to succumb to the sexual temptations of the devil. But the Crown impoverished by a decade of fighting the Huguenot wars was unable to recompense the inquisitors, so they were permitted—along with Parish Priests—to confiscate lands and possessions of those convicted as witches. Witch hunting along with the terrifying ordeal of interrogation and execution had become a thriving business throughout Europe.
CABIN GODDESS – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question)
GEORGE – John Le Carre comes in first hands down. (This man parcels out words as sparsely as if they were diamonds, and yet they land with the precision and impact of guided missiles.) Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Sanders, Larry McMurtry, all were enormous influences in my youth…and then of course Stephen King took the Mystery OUT of writing. He made it okay to leave the Thesaurus at home…
CABIN GODDESS – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
GEORGE – Worry about the Kirkus Review.
CABIN GODDESS – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?
GEORGE – I have two. The right one, the angel on my shoulder that tells me to walk three miles. The wrong one, the devil on my shoulder that suggests I should have a martini. The results never vary:-)
CABIN GODDESS – If it was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine? (I do a recipe with many of my authors this maybe an opportunity for you to share a recipe you think could go along with this?)
GEORGE – For the Novel LOST GIRLS (I hope I’m not cheating here) ——At least two days of every week I put a liner in the crockpot, add five medium sized frozen Tilapia filets, a bag of stew vegetables, handful of frozen shrimp, handful of frozen scallops, a coffee cup full of water and about a teaspoon full of pepper. I NEVER get tired of it.
Now for the REAL fun & this will make it an official Cabin Goddess “Interview and a recipe”
CABIN GODDESS – Figure out a drink (with or without booze) representing your book themed with the name, ingredients or both (this could be a renamed established drink)
For the Book RATTLEMAN
it must be called a “HAGGY SISTER
”, a jelly jar full of moonshine with a foot-long bloodied tree branch for a swizzle stick.
Double Dare you..
CABIN GODDESS – Sealed for bio-hazard waste protection of course! ….though the moonshine probably will kill any cotangents!
CABIN GODDESS – BONUS ROUND – Add a recipe for a dish, an appetizer or a dessert that goes with your book.
For the Novel RATTLEMAN
… I would use an iron kettle, add lumps of squirrel meat, rabbit, venison and quail… turnips, parsnips, carrots, ramps and potatoes. Pour a bottle of beer all over it and stir in lots of pepper. Damn that sounds, good…
CABIN GODDESS – I may have to use a nice Cab-Sav instead or Marsala because the freaking squirrel drank all my beer……..AGAIN!
Mmmmm squirrel – According to the militia up the road, five nut-fattened squirrels make a mess of tasty stew.
FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind
- On the Rocks or Blended? Rocks
- Hey you should come visit, I got some rocks for ya, LOTS and lots in my backyard even!
- Coke or Pepsi? Coke
- Considering how cool your book is, I may give you a hail-mary pass on this one
- East Coast or West Coast? East
- To Be or Not to Be? Not to Be
- Not to be… good answer (no one REALLY gets this one, Hamlet would be proud)
- Roller Coasters or Carousels? Roller Coaster
- heck yes! Crazy ass roller coaster jazz hands and a wooooohoooooo (in the back so I can WHIP IT!)
- At the movies or DVD? DVD
- The only way to insure that you have real butter and salt, and your COKE only costs 1.49 for 2 ltr.
- Ocean or Lake? Ocean
- Duck or Goose? Duck
- Scooby Doo or Snoopy? Snoopy
- Good call, if Scooby was part of the manhunt, Old Man Withers could have been framed!
Rattleman by George D. Shuman
The Rattleman knows every crevice, every creek, every cave, every ravine, every inch of his remote hunting grounds in the Appalachian Mountains.
He is a determined serial killer, always waiting for his next victim to cross his path.
When Park Ranger Jane Cameron literally stumbles across the remains of two of his victims, she discovers that she too has been caught in his trap.
And when the ‘Rattleman’s prey is at his mercy, she’s dead.
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- $4.99 Kindle (FREE THROUGH MARCH 4th)
- 230 pages
- genre – Police Procedural – crime mystery/thriller/suspense
- rating – mature audience, possible triggers
Review coming soon!!
I have read a bit over half of this, almost tempted to not finish it so I can be surprised with the movie. What would you do? Sometimes the movie is really good but most of the time when compared to the book, movies let me down. So the question is do I wait to be entertained by a lovely movie or finish this awesome thriller…?
Also coming today is another great interview so come back later! It’s a Presidents day SPECIAL!