January 12, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Tracee Rice-Wilson has a passion for writing and now that passion is in print.
Rice-Wilson grew up in Scioto County, graduating from Glenwood High School in 1994. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Shawnee State University, where she minored in Psychology, in 1998; She received her masters degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2011. Now, under the pen name Tracee Ford, she has written a “horror, sci-fi, paranormal romance” novel “The Fine Line,” which is now available through booklocker.com, the company that has published the book.
She has been writing since she was 16 years old.
“I wrote the class prophecy for my high school class, which did not go over too well,” Ford aka Rice-Wilson said, laughingly. “It wasn’t well received. I had a really bad senior year.”
Ford said writing has always been a passion.
“I have written scripts for churches, and scripts for puppet shows. I did a puppet show for child abuse awareness last year at a church,” Ford said. “I used to write poetry, and I submitted it to the Sentinel when I was in college. So this has been something that I have done since I was very young.”
Ford said the story in her new book is set in southwestern Ohio, and follows the lead character, Robin Hillard.
“She falls madly in love with a doctor. His name is Matthew Gregory,” Ford said. “They get married and they settle into a new home. It’s an historical home that is really run down. So they have to put a lot of time and effort into restoring it. When they start moving things in, things start happening in the house - doors slamming, the sound of footsteps when there’s no one there - a child nobody sees, giggling - a lot of paranormal phenomenon going on.”
Gregory, it turns out, is extremely logical, a borderline athiest, and refuses to believe in life after death, while Hillard is extremely spiritual.
“She sees an opportunity to help her husband understand all of these things, but he is not very receptive,” Ford said.
In one scene, Robin is folding laundry and feels like she is being hanged, which leads her husband to believe she may be schizophrenic or even insane.
“There’s a place in the book where they are actually making love and he sees a ghost in the doorway, a gentleman in a tuxedo,” Ford said. “He also discovers that his daughter has an invisible friend, and she can describe this invisible friend. And he catches her talking to this invisible friend at three in the morning. He goes downstairs to kind of settle himself down, and he thinks that Robin is embracing him, and when he turns around, there is nothing there.”
Ford says the book is not about vampires and werewolves, but instead is about ghosts and paranormal activity.
Things turn from bad to worse when Robin’s father, a Pentecostal precher, comes to bless the house, and once he blesses it, it releases a demon into the house, and things become even more volatile.
“The one think I don’t want readers to think is that it is a slasher, horror film put on paper,” Ford said. “It’s got a huge inspirational aspect to the plot.”
Ford said the story takes many turns, including a tragic one.
“But they come through on the other side, completely OK, because of their faith, and the fact that they are so in love with each other, and Robin has this unwavering faith that she will absolutely not give up on, which, in turn, helps him toward the end when they actually have to do an exorcism in the home,” Ford said.
Ford said she is planning several book-signings in the area in the near future.
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