Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Story Behind the Story: A Man Called Rabbit

Have you ever wondered where an author gets his or her idea for a story? The stories in  Apparitions: Twisted Tales and Yarns by Jimmy L. Capps and Linda Capps Fisher are based on family yarns of strange happenings, dreams, nightmares, personal experiences, or imagination.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to share the stories behind the stories in Apparitions. ~ Linda

“A Man Called Rabbit” by Linda Capps Fisher

Rabbit kicked the door open and pointed the gun at the men sitting at the table. “This is a stick up. 

Take off your shoes and britches. Lay face down on the floor.” Rabbit mimicked John Wayne to disguise his voice and lend authority to his words.

Their slowness irritated him, so he prodded them with threats. “I don’t want to kill nobody, but I will if I haff to. You!” he yelled at a young man with fiery red hair, “Put the money in this gunny sack.”

Rabbit barked more orders, and the boy gathered up pants and shoes tossing them off the porch and into the ravine below.


The idea for the fiction story, “A Man Called Rabbit,” began with memories of a friendly neighborhood poker game.

We lived in the Ozarks, twenty miles from nowhere. Neighbors were sparse and miles apart by way of dirt, potholed roads. There wasn’t much to do for entertainment, so the men gathered occasionally for a game of poker.

It certainly never occurred to anyone at the game that somebody would have the audacity to burst in and rob them. In the first place, guns were commonplace and everyone knew how to use them. The place was hard to find down unmarked country road and only a limited number of people even knew about the games. No one who lived in the hills had much money, and it certainly wasn’t a high stake game.

To think that a robbery could happen so close to home made an impression on my young mind. Unlike in my fictional story, the robbery was reported, but the crime was never solved. Who knows, it may have been the man called Rabbit.

Read “A Man Called Rabbit”  in Apparitions, available in Kindle and print versions on Amazon.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Apparitions: Stories Behind the Stories--The Light on the Ceiling

Have you ever wondered where an author gets his or her idea for a story? The stories in  Apparitions: Twisted Tales and Yarns by Jimmy L. Capps and Linda Capps Fisher are based on family yarns of strange happenings, dreams, nightmares, personal experiences, or solely based on imagination. 

Over the next few weeks, I plan on sharing the stories behind the stories in Apparitions. ~ Linda

“The Light on the Ceiling” by Jimmy Capps

We were staying the night at Pap and Granny Whittier’s. It was cold outside, and a bunch of the old folks had gathered up at Pap’s house; they did that back then. We were all sitting around the wood stove as they told stories, each trying to out-lie the other. After “hoop snakes” and “baby stealing panthers” had their run, the subject of the “ghost light” came up.

I remember at the time, I wasn’t eager to hear about any ghost light, but what could I do but listen? I couldn’t change the channel, and I was too scared to go into another room.

As they explained it, the ghost light showed itself the night before someone in the family was to die.


We grew up hearing stories about our Grandpa Whittle seeing a bright light before deaths in the families. In this story, Jimmy captures the feeling that we had as kids hearing the about the spooky light. It was one of the stories Grandpa told that scared us, but we begged him to tell us..

Sometimes the light was on the ceiling, but I remember one story when Grandpa and my uncle were coon hunting and the light shined down on Grandpa. The light scared my uncle because, although he’d never seen it, he knew about the light. “I thought Poppie was going to die!” he told us. He asked Grandpa to move, but as my uncle told it, the light moved with Grandpa.

Grandpa wasn’t scared, just sad. He knew there were be a death in the family.

Jimmy weaves a fictional story on the basis of a “ghost light” written in the style our Grandpa and uncles spun the yarns of our youth. The story is told in two parts: Jakes’s story and Sis’s story.

Read “The Light on the Ceiling” in Apparitions, available in Kindle and print versions on Amazon.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Who Likes a Good Ghost Story?

I'm excited about my latest book project. My brother Jimmy Capps and I both like to write ghost stories and for several years, I've been floating the idea of a ghost/paranormal book. He has sent me his stories and now I'm combing through mine.

We hope to have the book finished in time for--you guessed it--Halloween.

Stay tuned for more info as the project progresses.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writing Distractions

I've had a lot of writing distractions over the years, but the one I have now is beyond crazy. I have two cardinals attacking my office window on a steady basis. Instead of just looking at the relaxing lilac bush, I'm constantly hearing a peck, peck, peck as first the male cardinal attacks his reflection and then the female. I've tried putting more objects on my window ledge, but that doesn't seem to slow them down. Sometimes when I have the light on in the room, they falter for a while.

The first day I took pictures. Little did I know I would have countless opportunities to take them. Go away birds! It's so hard to concentrate.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Writing in the New Year

Well, have you made one of those writing resolutions? Is this the year you vow to finish your novel? How about submitting your work on a regular basis? Writers have several options for meeting their writing goals.

With the four book projects I juggled throughout most of the year, my writing went by the wayside. In 2013, I made great progress on my unfinished novel, but in 2014, I abandoned the project. Will this be the year, I get back in gear and finish that darn thing? I hope so!

I enjoyed editing That Mysterious Woman and working with the talented authors in the book. In my opinion, it is the best Shaker book to date, and it had some fantastic predecessors.

I'm not editing Well Versed this year. Hopefully, that frees up a block of time to work on writing. In 2014, I didn't write much. Somehow I found time to write a short essay and submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul. My story "Under Control" was accepted for Thanks to My Mom. I'm looking forward to the anthology and sharing a story that gives my mom the credit she deserves for keeping Jim company when he couldn't stay alone.

Happy New Year, writers, and wishing you a year of successful writing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May Your Christmas Season Be Filled with Joy and LoveFrom Harold and Linda, Mozark Press