We are haunted by otherness, by the path not taken, by the life unlived.
We are haunted by the changing winds and the ebbing tides of history.
Even as our own flame burns brightest, we are haunted by the embers of the first dying fire. But mostly,we are haunted by ourselves.”
― Jonathan Evison
Written or spoken -- they can haunt us with the pictures they paint in our minds.
We write our tales, hoping to touch one heart with the story that haunted us so much we had to put it into print.
Francene Lockett, the fine voice actress, put her own heart and soul into singing my story to life.
And for one person, Shelley Freedman, Francene and I succeeded as she writes:
Was it the words themselves or the voice enacting them? This, the End of Days, made me sigh as I heard the last words of the novel.
I took my time with this story. I got to know the many characters. I sided with good over evil. I shared the downfalls and the triumphs.
Roland's words were so gracefully linked together; so well emersed in a fluid of old tales and the mind's eye of New Orleans today. I was there.
I listened to Francene's words and heard the voices all come alive.
I smiled at the crugly voice of Maxine, the accents and distinguishing mannerisms for all the players, real, ghoul, other-worldly.
Roland has a unique way of drawing you in to his world and Francene perfectly embraced his picture. I look forward to finding out what happens next.
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