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Babs Lakey and her husband Lewis,
owners of a Minneapolis based High Performance Motorcycle shop,
logged over 5000 miles on their Harley Davidson to attend the book
launch party for Spirit of the Straightedge, in Tacoma, Washington.
"Although I write books of
madness, I have other goals in mind. I believe in the wonder of
diversity and the building of community. These are real books about
people you know. That fact can be frightening, it can be good, too."
-- Babs Lakey
In Spirit of the Straightedge,
Minneapolis author Babs Lakey, dives into her past and gives us
murder, mystery, chilling psychodrama and a heroine who patiently
designs a strategy for revenge, then acts.
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An abused woman searches for The Evil Man -- a search
that will change her forever. She is the bait, but is
she the killer?
Slesar, who TV guide called the writer with the largest audience
in America, says about Spirit Of The Straightedge, "Spirit
of the Straightedge," is a riveting, merciless,
uncompromising, and powerful piece of writing."
TO FLY: My motto for FUTURES is "fire to fly" and I am
often asked if I have always had that fire. As a child I lived to
pretend. I was so timid that it was painful to speak, yet, by junior
high I was in every school play and when the theatre went dark the
audience disappeared and I was someone else. I am obsessed with
every aspect of art and story. Beautiful works of art make me cry,
I have many hundreds of books, I collect paper because I find the
shades and textures excite me. I don't labor over a story, it burns
and bubbles from my soul. So, yes. I have the fire.
husband and I have had a motorcycle high performance shop for the
past sixteen years. I learned about engines and grew to appreciate
the beauty, the art involved in building these machines. My husband
builds race engines for motorcycles and he works on all kinds of
street bikes. He makes an art of it. Perfection in a machine is
his thing and people come to him from many states around to have
him do their motors, touch their metal! All things mechanical were
Greek to me but now I love the sight, smell, the roar, of a finely
tuned motor. Between us we have four daughters, a son and ten grandchildren.
I was working at our shop full time when I broke my leg -- after
fifteen years in the car business (yup, I sold used cars, too!)
I was working at our shop full time, the time 'home alone' prompted
me to write my first novel. I wrote three complete novels (and many
other things!) before I started the magazine.
a quote about FUTURES from that very first issue three years ago.
It says a lot about the magazine and plenty about me. "This
is a prophetic magazine. It is about spunk, and guts, and never
saying never." Molly Essau
In the Fall of 1998, I wrote a storyline for the first Alfred Hitchcock
film, BLACKMAIL. My work was accepted and I was optioned by John
Bennett, son of the original screenwriter Charles Bennett, to do
the adaptation for film. Recently, Mr. Bennett asked if I'd like
to do the novelization of that screenplay. I love the story, so
I'm going to begin writing screenplays for the Spirit books soon.
I am very attached to these characters... I hope you will soon feel
Elsie Sanders life's journey begins-a travail of madness and pain.
Her strength of character assists her on the slide in and out of
the abyss, but this is a road riddled with twists--a psycho morph-like
junket. Elsie, child-woman, was swallowed by her childhood. This
girl-child is abused by parents, doctor, priest. No one to turn
to, she and her friend become fused, as if brewed in the same pot.
The carefully planned gruesome murder of her friend neatly slices
her soul removing it from traditional civilized deportment. Elsie
is hurled into the vortex of a group for victims of abuse. But now
a piece is missing from the puzzle of her mind. She turns to drugs
to quiet the screams inside and a second piece is lost. What follows
is the plan--her plan to avenge each person in the group, but most
of all, her friend. She has become an avenger.
This tale of psychological suspense deals with one woman's concern
and search for justice in our contemporary society. Her life is
filled with a circle of eclectic friends. Her days are orderly and
mundane until she is faced with instances of injustice. At this
point, she focuses utterly and relentlessly on retaliating for the
helpless victim. Elsie is a strong woman whose unconventional methods
circumvent the flaws of our justice system. She has within her the
means and an overriding desire to right wrongs. She believes that
if we are to survive as human beings, we must discover a way to
find justice without losing our innocence. In each story, as in
life, Elsie's character becomes more defined. She wants to do what
others have not done, go where they do not dare, and with the help
of her friends, and the Spirits of the world, she does exactly that.
This series of books contain scenes of graphic sex and violence,
these are neither gratuitously presented nor sensationalized. These
stories deal with the frustrations, fears and joys of life in this
century. Although I write books of madness, I have other goals in
mind. I believe in the wonder of diversity, and the building of
community. The characters live and love together in the real world,
have real problems and are not perfect. Elsie finds justice and
maintains her innocence. She survives and helps to build, pull together,
the community around her.
Here's the best advice I ever received and it's from my mom who
died of cancer last September.
My mother tells a story of how, as one of ten children during the
depression, her family would harvest whatever they could on their
farm. Her mother would divide the food and ask her to help take
it to those around them. My mother, who was always hungry in those
days, would say, but mom, this is our food, we haven't enough, and
grandma would say, but they have less. Mother taught me to give
without regret. I have been told that I am good at bringing people
together and I think this is the reason. I believe that if we live
our lives as a unit, we never lose the strength to forge ahead.
Does that make sense? That is the core of why I never give up. Someone
is always there, giving strength.
My advice to writers?
Persevere. There is no such thing as failure...every lesson learned
is part of your future.