Two newly published Anadarko authors are taking a walk on the cursed side this Halloween.
Anna Kittrell and Tamrie Foxtail published the latest two books in the "Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll" an ongoing suspenseful romance series about a cursed doll that passes through multiple generations. When a new person takes possession of the doll, its dark powers are bound to that person and will protect him or her from anyone who betrays them using deadly means if necessary.
A secretary with Anadarko Public Schools, Kittrell was excited to take a figurative stab at the series created by the writing group Oklahoma Romance Writers of America.
"We thought it would be fun to write about this doll that's cursed and somehow gets passed between different families," she said. "My book in the series deals with the story of identical twins. The doll has to pick an owner, and I thought the twin dynamic would be great."
"Skinbound" was released through Barnes and Noble and Amazon's e-stores earlier this month. Available to read on Kindles, iPads, Nooks and other e-readers, the novella is a short, but suspenseful read. She describes the story as "spooky, but not too scary," focusing much of its narrative on the dynamic between the good twin and the bad twin. It's the product of a life of writing that was finally fulfilled with its publishing.
"I've been writing for as long as I can remember," Kittrell said. "I used to sell stories I wrote on the playground for a dime. It's something I love doing."
Kittrell has mainly focused her writing talents on short stories. About three years ago, she began trying her hand at writing novellas and novels. She has three completed, but this is the first to be published. Now that she has one published work under her belt, Kittrell is contemplating finishing another series she's been working on. But she said her true calling is in Christian young adult novels. She sees that as her writing future. With her job at school, she gets three months out of the year off, which she dedicates primarily to writing.
"It's really nice having my job that gives me so much time off," Kittrell said. "That's really important to me to sit down and have time to just focus on my writing."