As the author of the new horror Qwickie, INFESTATION, which releases May 11th on Amazon, I’ve already been asked which parts of this story are fiction and which are “inspired by true events,” as the cover says. Well, the majority of the plot is based in truth. After moving to West Kelowna last May, we discovered one house pest after another.
First came the spiders. Those chapters are quite accurate. I know—ew! That was a definite infestation problem. Then we had mice—or so my husband and father said. For all I know, they could’ve been rats. Apparently we have packrats (wood rats) in the Okanagan. Double ew! My husband did find a nest and had to destroy it. The maggots and flies? Also quite accurate. We’re still getting treatments for the carpenter ants, and every now and then a body shows up somewhere.
Sometimes truth IS stranger than fiction.
So where does INFESTATION veer off into fiction? Let me say this: We were able to rid our home of all unwanted house guests—I mean, pests—and so far we have no other infestations. Or at least that’s what everyone is telling me.
Why did I write this story? I figured many of you, especially those who have phobias, would be able to relate. And those who enjoy stories that make their hair stand on end should find it enjoyable. Plus I figured that since each infestation cost me time, money and a huge spike in stress, I should make them “pay.” I may just need extra therapy after all this!
So if you haven’t picked up a copy of INFESTATION yet, please do. It’s currently on SALE July 1-7 at only $0.99 US for the Imajin Books SUMMER SIZZLES EVENT!