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 for a limited time at only $0.99 US.
I hope you’ll join my INFESTATION launch party on Facebook, which runs May 11th from 7-9 PM EDT:
BONUS EVENT: Singer/composer Jesse Giles has produced a rock song, also titled INFESTATION, with lyrics I wrote (and I sing background), and we’ll be celebrating this at the party as well. We’ll be giving away ebooks and copies of the song. I have to tell you, it has a very catchy tune! And it’s NOT about bugs or rats. You can listen/buy here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessegiles20
Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. She is best known for CHILDREN OF THE FOG (over 150,000 copies sold worldwide), SUBMERGED, DIVINE INTERVENTION, DIVINE JUSTICE, DIVINE SANCTUARY, THE RIVER, LANCELOT’S LADY and WHALE SONG.
In 2014, she penned her first “Qwickie” (novella) for Imajin Books™ new imprint, Imajin Qwickies™. E.Y.E. of the Scorpion is the first in her E.Y.E. Spy Mystery series. Book 2 in this series, Eagle E.Y.E., is expected to release later this year.
Booklist raves, “Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.”