Twin Cities’ author Allan Evans has been finding writing success of late. His debut novel, Abnormally Abbey (Immortal Works Press, 220 pages) is publishing in September. A short story, Silent Night, is in the Haunted Yuletide anthology publishing in October (also Immortal Works) and a serial killer thriller set in the Twin Cities, Killer Blonde, is publishing in early 2021.
Son of famed Twin Cities jazz musician Doc Evans, Evans has been writing advertising and marketing for nearly two decades. “I’ve always a huge fan of John Sandford’s Prey series and finally decided it was my moment to write for myself instead of corporate clients.” Formerly of Woodbury, Evans now lives in White Bear Lake.
Abnormally Abbey is a teen mystery novel with a paranormal twist. From the promotional copy: There’s something seriously wrong with the camp 14-year old Abbey is sent to. It’s not just the troubled kids, or the clueless camp counselors or even all the ghosts—yeah, the ghosts have found her there too—but now there’s a mysterious symbol that keeps appearing at the worst moments.
Abbey is not a happy camper.
But Abbey is a fighter and can go from princess to warrior when there’s a mystery to solve. As long as she has her 80s music, there’s no one—alive or dead—that’s going to stop her. So, bring on the dead people, spooks and spirits. This girl ain’t afraid of no ghost.
“Abnormally Abbey is a ghost story, but it’s also the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who finds the strength to stand up for herself and become so much more than she ever expected,” Evans said.
From a review by T. J. Lantz, author of the Rosehaven series, “As a career middle school teacher, I can attest that the author has done a good job portraying the personality of a fourteen-year-old. Abbey’s snappy, sarcastic thoughts help add a little humor and lightheartedness to an otherwise deep plot. It’s cleanly written with short chapters that increase pace and tension throughout the book. The characters are memorable, and the mysterious, supernatural plot keeps the reader turning the page.”
Abnormally Abbey is available at local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and from the author’s website, evanswriter.com. He’ll be signing copies from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.