Featured Author: Melodie Romeo
Story: Without a Trace
State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II
Melodie Romeo is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida. Ms Romeo is a retired school teacher who currently travels the country as an over the road trucker with Prime, Inc. Her first book, Vlad, a Novel, was published in 2002. She has short stories published in anthologies by Seventh Star Press and Charon Coin Press. The mother of two, she resides in Utica, MS with her partner of 18 years.
Synopsis: “Without a Trace” from State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II
1830’s Southern Louisiana, a man and his family are asleep in the obsessive heat when terrible noises are heard. Raoul goes out to find out what is going on and protect his family and disappears. Janette holds a vigil the rest of the night with her daughter and organizes a search at first light. The search results in nothing but frustration, so Jeanette goes into town (New Orleans) for help. The sheriff is reluctant to go out and help, but send the newbie “detective” from New York to help the distraught wife. Thomas is a bit on the arrogant side, but is eager to study the case. He visits a psychic, per the Sheriff’s orders, but dismisses what he heard. He utilizes a local boy-Charbonneau- as his guide and heads out to search for Raoul. What Thomas discovers is beyond anything he can comprehend and will have a lasting impact even in the present-day world.
And while the Big Easy may be best known for Jazz, Mardi Gras, and fine dining, it is also hailed as the most haunted city in the U.S. Curiosity seekers are drawn to the mysterious and macabre of New Orleans like moths to a flame—even at their own peril.
Time to Meet Melodie Romeo
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Melodie Romeo: I was looking for something less written about than the ghosts and vampires of New Orleans and remembered my daughter telling me about the cupacabra. After some research, I thought it would make a different kind of story.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
MR: I am from Mississippi, so definitely interested in my neighbors.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
MR: Interesting characters and engaging suspense.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
MR: I love snack food, but I generally do not eat while writing.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
MR: Vlad, a novel, is an historical thriller, and I have short stories in the “Southern Haunts parts 2 & 3”, as well as Charon Coin Press’s “Paying the Ferryman”.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
MR: As an historian, I do extensive background research for my stories.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
MR: For classic writers I like Pie, Steinbeck, and JRR Tolkein. For more modern authors, Rowling, Amanda Quick, and JD Rob.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
MR: I think it is a cool play on words and an interesting anthology concept.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
MR: They all have rich possibilities.
CCP: Music or no music when writing?
MR: No music when writing.
CCP: If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why?
MR: Florida, because there is just too much freezing, snowy, icy winter ever where right now!
CCP: What was the hardest part about writing your story?
MR: Trying to make it scary enough. Nothing I read really scares me, so I have a hard time determining what may get the reader’s nerves tingling.
CCP: Do you have any writing rituals?
MR: No, but often when I write I get alone and quiet and focus for hours.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature author, Melodie Romeo. As mentioned in the interview, you will find Romeo in the upcoming Charon Coin Press anthology, “Paying the Ferryman” coming out this spring. To keep up with Melodie Romeo you can follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/melodie.romeo. Also look for her stories in the Southern Haunts 2 and the upcoming Southern Haunts 3. Don’t forget to look visit her page dedicated to her novel, Vlad. Visit up tomorrow as we meet another author from State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II and follow the other features at Charon Coin Press.