By Margaret S. Hamilton
Last fall, I submitted my annual Halloween/holiday short story to Kings River Life. Lorie Lewis Ham published my first short story in 2014, and to commemorate the event, I submit a new story every fall.
Lorie gave me two options: immediate publication or waiting till May for podcast publication. I chose the latter, and after several rounds of edits, the story was ready for the narrator.
A talented and versatile actress, Donna Beavers, recorded the podcast story, ably handling the many different voices: my intrepid amateur sleuth, Lizzie Christopher; her Jericho PD sidekick, Officer Bethany Schmidt; Lizzie’s husband and children. With two seniors, Jeb and Essie, thrown into the mix plus members of Bethany’s family, it’s a well-populated story.
I wrote the story as a reflection of daily life in suburban Ohio. The Cincinnati area is a hot point of both drug and human trafficking with many local communities affected. I threw in a reference to the “Run Hide Fight” training at schools and workplaces. Nupur Tustin, who had recently completed a law enforcement ride-along, supplied a crucial detail about drugs smuggled between the pages of books. In the story, senior citizens, living in poverty, are lured into drug distribution because they can’t keep up with the high cost of prescriptions and winter utility bills.
I’m pleased with the podcast and hope you enjoy it too!
Readers, do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Writers, have you published your work as a podcast or audiobook?
Red Buckeye, Blue Ash, Ohio