On Fire For The Leroy

Bodie Parkhurst is doing it again: writing wonderful books.

Her longtime friend, known on her blog as The House Leroy, passed away, and she memorialized him, under the name of Sherry Wachter, with one of the most beautiful human photo/text book you’ll ever see, THE HOUSE LEROY.

On FireNow she comes with ON FIRE FOR THE LORD. It’s a memoir of her childhood — if “memoir” isn’t a misnomer for a childhood with strange and uneasy blank spots. This memoir begins with her early memory of being repeatedly brutally spanked for not saying, “Jesus” when ordered to. It takes her to the point at which she, enduring a sexual encounter she doesn’t know how to refuse, unexpectedly remembers how to detach herself from the experience but can’t recall how she learned the trick.

But if you think this is a grim and joyless grind, you don’t know Bodie. She can find the funny, the beautiful, the strengthening in just about anything. Not that she makes light of her own suffering — she has too much compassion for all the people she’s been for that — but she has a lively sense of the absurd, the ironic, the odd, and can point them out without cruelty or dismissiveness.

Visit her Amazon Author page to see what else she’s written. Pick anything. You won’t be disappointed.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What’s the first thing you remember? What’s the first thing your character remembers?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “On Fire For The Leroy

  1. jane

    August 4, 2014 at 9:12am

    Hmm. A good subject: Memories.

    Thanks for the recommend. I’ll check it out.

    I have a number of snapshot memories from very early, earlier than I’m supposed to be able to remember. However, had I not had distinct landmarks in time to gauge them by, I wouldn’t have known they were so old. Or young, as it were.

    Happily, I won’t bore you with the recollections. Heh.

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      Marian Allen

      August 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

      I’m always open to hearing your recollections. If nothing else, I can rip them off for story ideas. –Oh, did I just say that out loud? 😉

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