4-paragraph excerpt #2:
He gulped and stood up straighter. Fists clenched, he started up the stairs, announcing out loud, “I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid.”
A moment later, he hurried back down again, whispering in a faster, much smaller voice, “I am afraid, I am afraid, I am afraid…”
He’d already stepped safely out of the closet before he stopped to mentally slap himself. What was he doing? Trophies for Bravest Kid in the Face of Dire Disaster and Certain Catastrophe weren’t awarded for running away.
With a soul-rattling sigh, he turned, stepped into the closet and white-knuckled the handrail as he crept his way back up the rickety stairs.
E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His debut novel is the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle grade books published by INtense Publications. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.