Cold Comfort by E. Abernathy

Cold Comfort by E. Abernathy

Eight years ago, John Colucci was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. Declared incompetent at age 19, he was subsequently committed to a mental institution. In January 2013, he is released to his sister, Laurie, to begin a new life…but someone wants to make sure he never gets the chance to live it.

John's enemies include half the population of Kingsville, his home town. Even his brother-in-law is determined to see him returned to the institution. As John struggles to navigate his independence, he meets Caitlin Murphy, a young woman who changes his life. Surrounded by the solitude of Caitlin's lakefront cottage, supported by her and his new friend, Rev. Jack, he finds a reason to live. However, it isn't long before the nightmares begin again, shattering the peace and forcing John to fight for his life and what’s left of his sanity.

About E. W. Abernathy

I'm a headbanging grandmother with 28 years' experience as a paralegal. I was the only kid in elementary school who got excited whenever the teacher told us to write a story using all of our spelling words. I've been writing weird and twisted tales ever since. After reading one of my stories featuring a teen-aged boy who kept a dead body in the crawlspace under his house, my grandmother asked me, "Can't you write about something happy?" And the answer is, "No. I can't. It's not in my personality." Aren't you glad?

There are two things that greatly influence my writing and provide fuel for my fictional fires. One is music and the other is dreams. Cold Comfort was inspired by two songs: "Sanitarium (Welcome Home)" by Metallica, and "Uncle Jack" by Motley Crue. Cold Comfort is also loosely autobiographical (no, I'm not schizophrenic) in that, like me, the main character must come to terms with being "different" from everyone around him, while struggling to accept the hand that life has dealt him.

My favorite story to write is one which evokes deep emotions in the reader. A central theme to the majority of my fiction is the feeling of being different and the struggle to be accepted and to be free of the people and things which oppress.

I've been asked about the "literary legacy" I wish to leave behind. That term conjures images of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, and while I don't harbor any illusions that my work will be remembered hundreds of years from now, I do hope to provide at least a small measure of entertainment for my readers. I've been fortunate to read some great fiction in my time. My parents never attempted to censor what I read, and I read EVERYTHING! I'm "paying it forward" through my writing. Perhaps my writing will, in turn, inspire other writers, who in turn inspire even more writers. Therein exists the true legacy.

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