Sunday, January 4, 2015

Please welcome my talented friend & fellow Solstice Publishing author, A.B. Funkhauser.

Writers Retreat October 2014
I have been waiting for weeks to shout congratulations and welcome. I am so happy to say that not only are we part of the same wonderfully supportive writers critique group--the B7--we are now part of the same fabulous publishing company.
Please follow her Author Page for updates on the release of her debut novel Heuer Lost and Found.


A.B. Funkhauser is a funeral director, fiction writer and wildlife enthusiast living in Ontario, Canada. Like most funeral directors, she is governed by a strong sense of altruism fueled by the belief that life chooses us and we not it.
“Were it not for the calling, I would have just as likely remained an office assistant shuffling files around, and would have been happy doing so.”
Life had another plan. After a long day at the funeral home in the waning months of winter 2010, she looked down the long hall joining the director’s office to the back door leading three steps up and out into the parking lot. At that moment a thought occurred: What if a slightly life-challenged mortician tripped over her man shoes and landed squarely on her posterior, only to learn that someone she once knew and cared about had died, and that she was next on the staff roster to care for his remains?
Like funeral directing, the writing called, and four years and several drafts later, Heuer Lost and Found was born.
What’s a Heuer? Beyond a word rhyming with “lawyer,” Heuer the lawyer is a man conflicted. Complex, layered, and very dead, he counts on the ministrations of the funeral director to set him free. A labor of love and a quintessential muse, Heuer has gone on to inspire four other full length works and over a dozen short stories.
“To my husband John and my children Adam and Melina, I owe thanks for the encouragement, the support, and the belief that what I was doing was as important as anything I’ve tackled before at work or in art.”
Funkhauser is currently working on a new manuscript begun in November during NaNoWriMo 2014.

BOOK BLURB

Heuer is an unrepentant cooze hound lawyer who dies suddenly and unexpectedly in his litter-strewn home. Undiscovered, he rages against the god he never believed in, the Nazi father who ridiculed him and the women that conspired to take his money from him.

At last found, he is delivered to Weibigand Brothers Funeral Home, a ramshackle establishment peopled with above average eccentrics, including boozy Enid, a former girl friend with serious denial issues. With her help and the help of a wise cracking spirit guide, Heuer will try to move on to the next plane. But before he can do this, he must endure an inept embalming, catty whispers from his enemies and Enid’s flawed recollections of their kinky past. Is it really worth it?

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