- Title: Milk Carton People: The Journey
- Author: Sally Franklin Christie
- Genre: Suspense, Thriller
- Publisher: Eternal Press
- Pages: 132
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Milk Carton People is a paranormal thriller about people who suddenly find themselves invisible, able to observe things but unable to participate. Do they go mad? Maybe they find others. It is quite possible that there is no point in being invisible.
This is a book that plays on the very thin line of sanity and pure despair. The characters act and react to the new challenges and the reader gets to go along for the ride.
I thought I’d give the interview a twist and throw in some questions from Inside the Actor’s Studio and thought, hey why not use those fabulous questions along with some others that have more to do with the particular novel. And I just loved how it turned out with Sally Franklin Christie. Please read to the end, the last answer is seriously awesome! Enjoy!
-How did this story begin? Was it a character, or a particular image?
I have always been interested in missing people and was researching for an article I wanted to write. During my research which included a few phone calls to missing persons clearinghouses I learned a few things that were very disturbing. Many missing people are never reported to officials because a family or friend is actually relived by the person’s absence. Many bodies are recovered each year that are never identified mostly due to the issue above of not having been put into the system as missing.
A nice man at the end of one phone call told me that there are an untold number of infants found discarded in roadside ditches. And finally, an adult has a basic human right to go missing if he or she wishes.
In Milk Carton People I began with the idea of missing people who were trapped between living and dead. Still living in the same world but unable to interact with it. Some of the characters were missed by loved ones and others were not. These people found each other and went on a Journey.
In the very back of the novel there is a real photo representation of a woman whose remains were found in Montana and she has still not been claimed. The internet is full of these people. At the time I am writing, we have a pair of legs belonging to a man found in Montana. No other body parts have been found and his DNA is not in the system.
-Did you have any growing pains with this novel?
Because I used only one point of view character I and the reader were only let in on what Ruth saw and heard. I grew with her.
-How would you most like readers to respond to the novel?
I would like my reader to grow with Ruth as she finds her way. I would like them to feel her confusion, loneliness and her new control and understanding. I’d like a reader to ask me to write another so they know how Ruth is getting along.
-What are you reading right now? Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?
I am reading a Longmire Novel, the second of the series. I was an English Lit/Psych Major and I can read a story and armchair psycologize about what the author is really saying. I think my favorite author is whoever I am reading at the moment.
-What do you do when you’re not writing?
I paint landscapes, take photos, crochet, do some marketing work for Damnation Books and Eternal Press.
-What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
I am redoing a stalled project I am calling Throw Aways. Another missing person type book.
– What is your favorite word?
The other night I got hung up on the way the word ‘combustion’ sounded. They are all my favorite words. Words are just pieces of air but they have such power and potential.
– What is your least favorite word?
I don’t really have a least favorite word.
– What turns you on?
– What turns you off?
People who say ‘I seen a ______ when I was on my way to ____. It bothers me when people misuse the language they were born into…
– What sound do you love?
– What sound do you hate?
People eating out loud.
– What is your favorite curse word?
I am stumped on this one. I wrote my first book without any word harsher than hell. In Milk Carton People the adults constantly admonished a boy named Brian not to say Shit.
– What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Next life, I want to be an astronomer or biologist.
– What profession would you not like to do?
I would not like to be the after crime cleanup crew.
– If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“Seriously? You thought I’d be pissed over that?”
About the Author:
Eternal Press Staff Member
Sally Franklin Christie has spent her life achieving incredibly average goals. Her challenges and choices have led to into the world of organizing for social change, civil rights and helping people navigate in a world filled with physical barriers and discrimination. She photographs and paints landscapes, when she isn’t at the computer researching, networking and writing. Special interests include Missing Children and Adults, Astronomy, Character Traits and Criminal Thinking.
A home schooling mother of children born eleven years apart has added to her liberal arts education. She’s had plenty of time to practice and refine the art and craft of writing coupled with opportunities to learn the marketing aspects of writing. She interned for a spell at WOW-Womenonwriting.com and currently has a position as a moderator at The Writers Chatroom. Various published articles appear in places like Pangia Magazine, Creations Magazine and other almost forgotton places. She writes one novel a year as a NaNoWriMo Participant and keeps a more serious project simmering year round.
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