By: Tammy Vreeland
Moving into a new home can become quite stressful. For David, it is the
matter of juggling a new job, a mistress and a family at home. For Terry, it is the matter of making her new house into a home and recovering from a
nervous breakdown. For Tyler, it is the stress of a five-year-old trying to
fit into a new neighborhood with no friends.
A move can be quite difficult on a child, so much so that a way for the child to
cope is to have an imaginary friend. This is where The Folks come in. You see Tyler not only has one imaginary friend but a whole group of imaginary friends that call themselves The Folks. Tyler meets The Folks the very first day he moves into his new room.
When Terry, Tyler's mom, finds out about The Folks she becomes concerned. But Terry's family, friends and even her own therapist tell her that is a healthy way for Tyler to cope with the move.
But when accidental deaths begin to occur and Tyler, with his imaginary Folks, happens to know more than they should, Terry begins to wonder that perhaps The Folks are not so healthy after all!
It is naptime. Even moving into the new house mom makes sure he does
not miss his naptime. Mom would always let him pick out a toy to take to bed
to play with until he fell asleep. Every day Tyler thinks for sure he will be able to stay awake during the entire naptime but some how he always falls asleep.
Tyler looks around his new room trying to figure out which toy to get. Most things are still in boxes; but mom has made sure he can still get to his toys. He likes his new room. He has a big window that looks out into the woods. As he is looking at the window, he notices a ray of sunlight landing on the exact toy he is thinking about finding.
"Thank you" says Tyler.
Tyler looks all around the room, "Who said that?"
Still not knowing where the voices are coming from Tyler tries to move some
of the boxes around.
Wondering out loud Tyler asks, "Are you behind here?"
"No, we're in your sunbeam."
Tyler not knowing what a sunbeam is asks, "What's a sunbeam?"
"It's the light from the sun that helped you find your toy."
"Oh." Tyler walks over to the light on the floor and looks down into it.
"Hi, I'm Tyler, what's your name?"
"You can just call us The Folks."
The Folks is the first book I published. Believe it or not the story itself is based on my son's actual imaginary friends that he had as a child. Ty's imaginary friends The Folks have always been sort of a fascination to me. First and foremost is the name he had come up for them. It was always simply "The Folks". Leaving me to believe there were more than one; and I feel that it is such a strange name for a small child to come up with.
During this time frame a few strange things did happen in the house we were living in. Nothing overly dramatic but the ones that did, still put chills on me to this day. So as not to ruin the story I simply will say the story about my dog Sandy did happen.
The Folks is a fictional story which I created around a couple of true incidents. I never wanted to portray the story as "based on actual events" because it truly is more fictional than fact.
However, if it hadn't have been for certain incidents the idea for the book would have never been there. I hope that my readers enjoy it as much as I did writing it. With it being my first book I realize now how much I have grown with each book I have written since. The Folks may be a little rough around the edges but it was written with love and wonder.
Review by Sue Hinderson
A fast moving story that is quite hard to put down. The author writes with
alot of dialog that makes for an easy and quick read. The characters are very
likable and the story is quite interesting...I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a story that is unusual and keeps you guessing right up until the
Review by Mike Witkowski
I had never heard of the author but chose the book because it was listed
with other books you may like. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story
was quite different than what it is normal for today standards, it reminds me of books I read in High School...old school Horror. I was happy to see she has another book out as well and have it on order. If it wasn't for your recommendations I may never have stumbled across this author...I look forward to reading her other book.
Review by Joan Peterson
A quite colorful book that was hard to put down but more importantly even
harder to turn the light off!
Folks, July 16, 2009
Melissa Moxley (Portland, OR)
Ahh.. Tammy Vreeland where have you been. I am so glad to have a new
Author to read! She took a spin on childhood imaginary friends that I have NEVER seen or read before! Love the visualizations in the death sequences, which were extremely creative! All I can say is GREAT!
Just finished reading "The Folks" by Tammy Vreeland's Horror Books....what a
great read!! I couldnt put it down....and it even creeped me out a bit, just going into my garage at night made me a little uneasy...you never know who's watching ;) Can't wait to start the next one Tammy!
Your books are great. I have three of them, and I'm reading the folks. It is very suspenseful.
Okay folks...I just finished reading...yup, "The Folks" by Tammy Vreeland; and it was wonderful! Got the "hook" in me immediately, which is a MUST for any book I am going to read. Tammy has a fantastic way of telling a story and developing her characters so you really do feel like you know them. Not two-dimensional type either, but real down to earth um, er...folks...::wink:: Read the book and you'll find out just who these "Folks" are. You won't be disappointed!
It was a very good story line; very easy to understand and listen to. It made my commute enjoyable.
Howell, NJ, United States
I almost didn't get this one because I was afraid it would be a typical "imaginary friend" scenario. But, far from it, the author did a great job in having a story inside the story. I've listened to another one of her books and I like the way she writes. She writes a book that is realistic in the way people talk in every day life, her characters are normal and easy to relate to. As for the narration, people need to listen to the sample...what you hear in the sample is what you get. No surprises, no annoying music or sound effects, no weird accents, simply a woman reading the story like it sounds in the sample. If you like the way the sample sounds then you will like the narration and you might just be surprised with the story if you allow yourself to just enjoy the story for what it is....
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