“Who Left the Skunk on the Side of the Road” is today’s topic at Writers Pay it Forward as Mary Maurice pens today’s guest post and discusses her book “Burtrum Lee – A Scientific Mystery”.
- Title: Burtrum Lee
- Author: Mary Maurice
- Genre: Scientific Mystery
- Length: 219 pages
- Publisher: Silver Leaf Books LLC
- Publication Date: August 28, 2017
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Who Left the Skunk on the Side of the Road?
Was it a skunk at all? I wondered as I sped by the green vapor hovering to the side of me. I tried to hold my breath, not inhale, stay focused on the road ahead. I knew what was coming, I knew what awaited me. Warning signs flashed from a quarter of a mile away, but they were hard to see, as dusk and shadowed figures jumped out at me. Far in the fiery west the tired sun called it quits for a day. But I knew it was there. I had a sense, as bobbing heads of cars gone by gave me tell-tale signs that something horrible had happened. The hair on the back of my neck stood at attention as my adrenaline flowed crazily. Brake lights pumped in the graying day, slowing down as their rubber-necks peered out the frosting windows to catch a glimpse. I smelled the scent before I saw him, lying there on the unforgiving pavement. His white stripe fading dark from mud splatter, as drying blood soaks its once vibrant fur. My heart palpitating, I ask, who left the skunk on the side of the road?
Coated with a life of lies and deceit, Burtrum Lee Conner is sick to her stomach. Dozens of times throughout her life the feeling of not being who she is has tormented her. But she kept it to herself, believing that maybe it’s just a chemical imbalance of some kind considering she is one of the first artificially-inseminated babies of the nineteen sixties. Now, there’s more though, something much deeper, much more maniacal than she could have ever imagined. She’s not the first test tube baby at all, but the first…
Burtrum Lee Conner, born into a world of scientific mystery, discovers that the life she’s been leading for the past forty years, is the wrong one. Her parent’s Jed and Jane Conner, stealing her as an infant, brought Lee up as their own. Even her devoted grandmother, Clair Conner, kept this secret close to her chest until they were found out. And now, Lee Conner’s biological mother, Katie Lee, wants her back, but not before the diabolical Dr. Stone has his say.
About The Author
When I was a child growing up in the Detroit area, I thought I wanted to be a painter, and then as a teenager the idea of being a musician intrigued me, then as a young adult, I realized that I’m a writer.
After attending Western Michigan University for two party filled years, I decided to leave academia and explore the real world to learn what life is truly about. For fifteen years I’ve traveled the country working in restaurants, writing and doing readings wherever I was welcome.
While living in Minneapolis during my twenties, I was fortunate enough to be tutored by Dr. Jonis Agee, who was at the time head of the creative writing department at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul. Her lessons were imprinted in me for all of these years, and have influenced my writing ever since.
My adventures landed me in San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon, finally leading me to the Land of Enchantment where I’ve resided since 1994. Living in Santa Fe, and the beauty and isolation that surrounds me, has inspire my creative muse in ways that no other place has. While still working in the hospitality industry, my passion for the craft of writing has never been stronger. And I know with each sentence I write, and every paragraph I compose, my ultimate goal is to find the perfect word.
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