Toni Causey (T.M. Causey)
Causey, 53, most known for her lighthearted Bobby Faye novels, has just released a book on the other end of the literary spectrum: The Saints of the Lost and Found, a dark Southern Gothic thriller concerning Avery Broussard, a protagonist with a sixth sense who desperately wants to save her brother's life.
A tragic twist for Causey, a native of Louisiana, is that just as she finished the first draft, she learned her own brother, Mike McGee, was dying of a rare form of lymphoma. She set the book aside, but after his death, in large part because of a promise she made to him, she saw it through to publication. "The grief of his death knocked me down. People think grief is linear, and it is not. It is like this horribly squiggly nightmare that keeps circling back around,'' she recalled. "I'd give everything I have to have Mike here, but in small ways he lives on in this book.''
Causey, a graduate of Louisiana State University, lives in New Orleans, where she and her husband are renovating a French Quarter property.
What's on your nightstand?
J.T. Ellison's No One Knows. J.T. is dark. It's great. I've got Allison Brennan's Poisonous, and I just finished M.J. Rose's The House in Painted Sorrow. It was exquisite. I'm also doing research for my next book.
What is it, and what is that research?
A historical thriller. It's going to be dark and going to be about betrayals and double-crosses and family. What I'm reading for it is so fascinating. It's Daniel N. Paul's We Were Not Savages. It focuses on the Mi'kmaq (a Canadian Indian tribe), and when you read this thing, it shows the devastation that we did as a nation, coming into this country. The stuff they went through was shocking. There's so little written about it. We don't fully appreciate how brutal the English were.
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