In her debut novel ‘Rain No Evil,’ Michele Zirkle Marcum discussed her battles against love, paranormal events and the divine and how these experiences brought her closer to the person she is today.
Marcum is a graduate of Concord College and Marshall Graduate School. She is a former high school English teacher and has since resigned, dedicating herself to her writing. Marcum now publishes a weekly column through the Ohio Valley publishing group.
“I taught high school for about 20 years in Mason County, West Virginia. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I recently divorced and remarried and moved to Columbus, Ohio, I taught here for a little while, but I realized I wanted to focus more on writing ” explained Marcum. “I had picked up the phone and I called the editor of the Gallipolis Tribune and I was able to start contributing weekly to that newspaper.”
While some of the events in the book have been fictionalized to protect the identities of those involved, the events are based off true events in Marcum’s life.
“Ninety percent of the paranormal events that occur in the book, are real. I changed some things to make it into a novel rather than a memoir due to the personal nature of the relationships,” said Marcum.
The book tells the story of Savannah, a small-town girl who is married to a police officer. When their relationship falls apart and things get rocky, Savannah prays that God will prove he is real. Soon after, demons manifest themselves in her home, in more than one way. The walls and floors flood, but no leak can be found. Savannah sees a demon in her mirror and her sons start seeing things as well.
In a review of her book, Author Michael Knost writes, “There’s a rare honesty in the writing of Rain No Evil. After reading this story, I remembered everything that happened as though the events had actually happened to me. I’ve never experienced that before in a book, and I can tell you I have never been so pulled into a story as I have with this one. It can’t be placed into a neat box of horror or suspense or supernatural. It is as original as it is fascinating. Wickedly funny, yet profoundly sincere and thought provoking.”
The Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting Marcum — along with other local authors at their Annual Local Author Showcase from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Nov. 12.
Community members will have the opportunity to meet local authors from the Tri-state, buy books and have them signed. Marcum will be offering her book for sale at $15 and will be available to answer questions and discuss her novel. This event is free and for all ages. For more information, you can go online to www.yourppl.org or Facebook “Portsmouth Public Library.”
‘Rain No Evil,’ is available for purchase through www.RainNoEvil.com, the Scioto County Welcome Center, or through Apple iBooks. Both physical and Kindle editions are available through Amazon by searching “Rain No Evil.”
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