- Author Bio
An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly.
For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and slashed a knife across his own throat. Only baby Dixie was left alive, now forever remembered as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter.
Twenty five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember, but haunts her nonetheless. So when her childhood home goes up for sale, Dixie sets aside all reason and moves in, recreating a macabre decor with her family’s salvaged furniture based on faded snapshots of holidays past. But as the ghosts of her family seemingly begin to take up residence in the home that was once theirs, Dixie begins to question her own sanity, and if the evil force menacing her is that of her father, or a demon of her own making.
In order to make sense of what’s happening, Dixie becomes determined to unravel the truth of what really happened all those years ago, and seeks out the detective who originally investigated the murders. But the more she learns, the more she opens up the uncomfortable possibility that the sins of her father may belong to another, and perhaps most tragically, to Dixie herself. As bodies begin to pile up around her, Dixie must find a way to lure the past forward, expose the lunacy behind the massacre of her family, and redeem what little remains of her soul.
Theme Music is an absolutely gripping and chilling account of one woman’s desperate descent into her own dark past in order to discover whether or not she has a future.
Story Locale: Virginia
CONTINUED SUCCESS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS: Readers are still eagerly seeking psychological thrillers, and Theme Music has all of the dark, twisty elements of a bestseller.
THRILLER WITH A HORROR BENT: With the success of Stranger Things, Get Out, the new It film, and A Quiet Place, horror is becoming more mainstream, making this the perfect time for readers to enjoy a psychological thriller with a horror angle.
DEDICATED, FULL-TIME AUTHOR: Teri has made a career change allowing her to write full time, and she’s eager and willing to do anything she can to promote the book.
Marketing: National print and online publicity
Book club promotions
Targeted online advertising
Social media promotion
Extensive pre-publication consumer review campaign
Author Social Media: Facebook: @tmarievandelly ; Twitter: @tvandelly; Instagram @t.marievandelly
Praise for Theme Music:
“An intense thriller with horror vibes that I can’t put down…”—Book Riot
“[A] chilling, enthralling debut…Driven by a believable plot and populated with realistic characters, this delicious mix of horror, ghost story, and mystery marks Vandelly as a writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Vandelly shows a deft touch at creating characters and spinning plots, leading to an almost unbearably terrifying and bloody climax in this gripping debut.”—Booklist
“[Theme Music’s] many twists, surprises, and reversals will keep readers hooked.”—Kirkus
“What a riveting and disturbing read this is! Charting the return of Dixie Wheeler to the childhood home where her parents and brothers were killed in front of her, Theme Music is a fierce and intense slice of psychological horror that will leave you vowing, Never Go Back. Never.”—Louise Candlish, Bestselling Author of Our House and Those People