by Juli D. Revezzo
I prompted Ms. Revezzo to give us a funny tidbit about the haunted chair idea, "Where did it come from?":
Oh, I don't know if it's funny, really. I was thinking on the idea of the artist, and didn't want to do another painter-writer-whatever character that had been done so many times before. Sculptor was even a bit done, so I picked a woodcarver.
The haunting came up in a later draft when I had to explain why he was so obsessed with his work (and he is obsessed, working until he can't stand up or see straight-obsessed).
So, what if, I thought, his sister and brother had suffered the same affliction? What if it's a curse? What's so weird about this chair that the artist's wife gets squicky whenever she looks at it, when his other creations never bothered her? Why is she suddenly having ghostly communications from a long-dead Civil War soldier, strange visions of her dead sister-in-law, and nightmares about the chair?
It all seemed tied back to that thing (the chair) her hubby's working on in her attic. ;)
Thanks so much to Ms. Revezzo for giving us a sneek peek into the creation of The Artist's Inheritance. If you want to take a longer look (read it cover to cover!), it is currently available in kindle format on Amazon.