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Local author’s first book on bookshelves at public library, second to be released in fall

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BY AMY HOGUE

Local author, Michael Lockett, has published his first novel, The Hangman’s Demise, a psychological horror novel guaranteed to keep reader’s hearts racing. The Hangman’s Demise is currently available in the Smiths Falls Public Library, at Joanne and Sherry’s Custom Cuts and at The Rideau Candy Shoppe, in addition to Indigo and Chapters.

The Hangman’s Demise is the culmination of ten years of labour, fifteen novels and 136 rejections from places like New York City, London, Toronto, England and Sweden. The first in a two-book series, the second book is scheduled for release in late summer or early fall.

As a full-time writer, Michael said he writes for approximately eight hours a day and has written other material professionally, including an episode of The Simpsons in season 22, episode 16, called Midsummer’s Nice Dream,” as well as children’s books.

Michael said that he often spends his time “sitting and staring at the four walls, waiting for inspiration to strike.” And inspiration definitely struck with the creation of The Hangman’s Demise, a book Michael’s wife, Joanne Lockett, said has “a good balance of humour and scary stuff.”

“You know how some books are creepy from the time you open it,” Joanne said. “Well, not this one.”

Michael stressed his book isn’t just scary, it has a moral, and it not all doom and gloom.

“It deals with addictions, and the darker things in life,” Michael said, pointing to a number of suicides that he says have taken place in the region over the past 20 plus years. “Nobody talks about it, it’s just pushed under.”

Michael’s message to fellow writers after such a long struggle before publication is simple:

“Don’t give up.”

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Local author’s first book on bookshelves at public library, second to be released in fall

Lockett1

BY AMY HOGUE

Local author, Michael Lockett, has published his first novel, The Hangman’s Demise, a psychological horror novel guaranteed to keep reader’s hearts racing. The Hangman’s Demise is currently available in the Smiths Falls Public Library, at Joanne and Sherry’s Custom Cuts and at The Rideau Candy Shoppe, in addition to Indigo and Chapters.

The Hangman’s Demise is the culmination of ten years of labour, fifteen novels and 136 rejections from places like New York City, London, Toronto, England and Sweden. The first in a two-book series, the second book is scheduled for release in late summer or early fall.

As a full-time writer, Michael said he writes for approximately eight hours a day and has written other material professionally, including an episode of The Simpsons in season 22, episode 16, called Midsummer’s Nice Dream,” as well as children’s books.

Michael said that he often spends his time “sitting and staring at the four walls, waiting for inspiration to strike.” And inspiration definitely struck with the creation of The Hangman’s Demise, a book Michael’s wife, Joanne Lockett, said has “a good balance of humour and scary stuff.”

“You know how some books are creepy from the time you open it,” Joanne said. “Well, not this one.”

Michael stressed his book isn’t just scary, it has a moral, and it not all doom and gloom.

“It deals with addictions, and the darker things in life,” Michael said, pointing to a number of suicides that he says have taken place in the region over the past 20 plus years. “Nobody talks about it, it’s just pushed under.”

Michael’s message to fellow writers after such a long struggle before publication is simple:

“Don’t give up.”

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