Recently, I woke up from a dream about a dead body. It took place early in the morning at the cemetery … a corpse had gone missing … someone was in trouble for the crime. Life turned ugly.
The end result of that dream is …
The Moon Rises at Dawn. It’s a Copper-Daniels short story, just for you.
The Moon Rises at Dawn
“The lady cop slaps the cuffs behind Mama’s back, while the man officer rattles off her rights. Hearing those words up close is way worse than watching ‘em on TV. The whispers and stares from nearby gawkers prickle me as I follow Mama to the cop car.”
Ten-year-old Copper Daniels and her mama wake up to a crisis at their cemetery home – a missing body, followed by an arrest. The homeless girl faces a possible future in either foster care, or worse – juvie. Will the missing body be found, and will Copper survive with her family still intact?
This dream was so real, so vivid, it was like watching Copper Daniels up on the big screen (which I hope to someday). I had to write this story.
Where the Hell is Book #2?
Believe me, I hear you. Here’s what’s happened in a nutshell:
1. It took me a long time to figure out the plot of Book #2. To tell what happens next for Copper Daniels. She’s a special girl, who deserves the very best. That doesn’t happen overnight.
2. Some personal detours caught me by surprise … deaths, divorces, and drama. Gratefully, none of those were mine. Okay, some of the drama was mine, but life sidetracked me for awhile.
With the combination of all the above, I needed time to regroup. I also needed space to transition into life as a published novelist.
Well, I’m back, baby. I’m ready to kick some literary ass.
The plan is after I publish Books #2 and #3 about Copper Daniels in 2018, the series will then focus on her other friends as the main character. Next up, I believe will be telling Tommy ‘Turdmouth’ Tucker’s story. That’ll happen in 2019.
My Series Has a New Name
I never could think of anything other than the first book in the series, Pennies from Burger Heaven (thus, the Burger Heaven series). I always wanted something that captured the essence of Copper Daniels and her circle of quirky friends … something more mystery-ish, but I was coming up with nada.
I needed inspiration. I visited my Amazon author page, and started reading the 240+ reviews (THANK YOU!). Here’s what some awesome person named Stephanie wrote on June 12, 2017:
“Reading this (Pennies from Burger Heaven) made me think of all the lost souls out there. I think there is a Copper in all of us.”
Yes! This spoke to me so much that I renamed the entire series…
Lost Souls Mysteries.
I love it! Copper Daniels and her peers are all lost souls. Even the people who aren’t homeless, and are lucky enough to have roofs over their heads (like O’Dell the groundskeeper), they all sort of wander aimlessly through life.
Please Read The Moon Rises at Dawn
The short story is a quick 25-pages long.
All this came from a dream. I hope you enjoy my short story.
What’s the craziest dream you ever had?
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