Joy Lee Rutter started writing her first book on an impulse. Now, it is her passion.
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Born in Michigan, she moved to New Hampshire by way of Florida. Rutter sacrificed college to marry immediately after graduating from high school. Five sons later, with her marriage beginning to crumble, she began keeping a journal after the birth of her youngest, in an attempt to maintain her sense of humor. Later on, she began writing “tongue-in-cheek” humorous essays.
Rutter’s first novel, A Disturbing Presence, became available September 2003. It was not planned. It came into being following a zany conversation with her stepdaughter. Captivated by the ideas that the conversation prompted, Rutter started writing. Five months later, she had completed a first draft. In September, just one year from the time she began writing, the book is ready for distribution to booksellers, nationwide.
She already is working on her next book.
This modern-day mystery takes place in a small town in NH. An elegant manor appears normal enough. You enter, look around at the widow's artwork & then walk into the private study of the late Eric McDuggal. Of course, you do not expect to see McDuggal sitting in an antique rocker. He is dead.
What were the motives behind his bizarre death wish? While the house pets wreak havoc against the embalmed corpse, his widow remains in a self-imposed limbo, reluctant to find the answers. The disturbing presence of the hideous display causes her life to collapse into nightmares & apathy. An unlikely friendship between the taxidermist & widow develop; little do they know that his probing into McDuggal's background eventually leads to the discovery of a shocking childhood trauma. A Disturbing Presence has all of the ingredients for a great page-turner! Mystery, light horror, and humor, and eventually, romance.
Title: A Disturbing Presence
Author: Joy Lee Rutter
Publication Date: September 2003
Publisher: America House of Publishing
Item Status: Active Record
Binding Format: Soft Cover
Joy Lee Rutter author of "A Disturbing Presence"