A Backstage Look at Dark Tunes

The Dark Tunes story was originally T.M.’s idea. She had never written a novel, but she did create an outline. She soon asked Joe if he would be willing to work with her, knowing he would be able to write it since he had already published supernatural books of his own, such as Moonrise. He read her outline, and found it interesting. They then discussed characters, plot arc, and motivations, which got them both excited over the project.

Joe and T.M. originally referred to their project as Bad Penguins, which is a play on the nuns’ habits. They soon realized the comical nature implied by that title did not fit the tone of their book. Joe was, however, happy to include this name in the text of the novel. The band members occasionally refer to Sister Sharon and the other nuns as penguins, but you will find the full title mentioned late in the story. Joe took T.M.’s detailed outline and wrote a first draft of two chapters, which introduced characters, locations in St. Louis, and the band’s reasons for coming there. He then gave the chapters to T.M. and waited for her to read and determine if she liked his writing voice and vision for the story. Gratefully, she did because her decision allowed them to proceed with what became an interesting and fun project and a great book.

Joe and T.M. proceeded with T.M. sending Joe her latest batch of notes, Joe making it into a coherent chapter, T.M. reading it, and then they would go over the chapters together once written. This helped them ensure they were staying true to their envisioned story. Of course, they were not always on the same path. Joe and T.M. would occasionally have different ideas how a character should behave, or a plot line proceed. Those moments triggered discussions which clarified the story and their path.

In their sequel, Darker Tunes, T.M. has again taken the lead with the outline, although Joe is involved this time as well. T.M. is handling much more of the writing, however, after her experience with Dark Tunes. She has written in the past, but Dark Tunes has boosted her confidence and their interest, for Joe and T.M. also want to know how their surviving characters proceed and what evil still lurks in the minds of their unholy nuns.

About the Authors

Joe Hagen

Joe’s love of writing began when his children were young. Joe narrated “two-word stories” during their bedtime using the two words they chose, and from there, he created an adventure in which those two words appeared. Joe created a new story every night for his children, and he occasionally did the same for his visiting friends or while taking long trips.

Eventually, his children began asking him to repeat stories, but he could not quite remember each individual story. This prompted him to begin writing them down. By the time his kids had outgrown bedtime stories, Joe found that he was hooked on writing.

Housewarming Gift was his first short story and is a good example of Joe’s suspenseful fiction. Joe continued to write other suspenseful and supernatural stories such as Moonrise, Wolf Hunt, Layover, No Time To Blink, Four Creeps, and Flesh Wound. Moonrise and Wolf Hunt are available in print form as well as eBook. All others are available as eBooks only.

All of Joe’s current offerings and upcoming works are described in detail and can be purchased here

Getting back to his roots, Joe plans to offer two-word stories for a special child in your life. Each personalized story contains your child’s name and their two words in an adventure — no two are alike!

Join our mailing list to know when Joe will be accepting new orders.

T.M. Kehoe

T.M. was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up reading Stephen King, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and every horror book she could find. As a child she attended a Catholic grade school.

She accidentally ended up in IT, spending 30 years in the field. She wrote software for Fortune 500 companies, ran her own business, and worked internationally for several years.

T.M. volunteered for nearly a decade, working with children and computers. These days she spends her time gardening, cooking, painting, writing, taking care of husband, dog and chickens, and spoiling her grandson.

She has been writing her entire life, but this is her first attempt at publishing.