The Girl in the Willow

Book 11. The Girl in the Willow 

Daddy, I love you. 

Alright, so this is where I felt that I have grown up so to speak as a writer. This was such an incredible journey to go on. I came up with this idea and immediately I knew it had to be in the States. Serial killers belong to the USA, right?  

Once more I felt that I needed a female character. Even though she was not yet strong, I was going to make her strong. She will grow with the story and evolve into an incredibly strong young lady. That was the grand plan. However, she needed to suffer greatly before being strong and growing up. In many ways, I felt the story could be real.  

The setting. 

By far I feel I have researched the location of this story very well. The story takes place in Utah and I had so much fun and interest in finding out how long it took to walk from one place to another and where things were on the map.  

This story was one that I was in. I was slowly getting further and further drawn in and as I got near the end I didn’t want it to end. Believe me, there is an incredible rush when you get to the end of a novel. It seems as if you have been running and running for days on end and then you can cross the finish line. 

Well in this novel I felt like writing the sequel immediately. One day I will and the story of The Girl in the Willow will continue.  

A serial killer. 

Up to now, I have written in several genres. Horror, drama, suspense and a children’s novel. I have yet to stick to one genre even though I feel horror is my thing. As I mentioned, I am not a horror movie fan. I do love writing it though.  

Yet this serial killer business was fun and not so much for the killing, but the journey of the character. Her terrible childhood and how it messes her up and how it changes her. Her strength comes from love, her love for her father is what encourages her to make changes in her life. The loss of her mother early on also pushes her to be stronger. The apparition she sees and her twisted mind that needs to evolve makes this story interesting on my part as the writer.  

I feel that this is the first true novel. Now I can call myself a writer. 

The back of the book. 

Cindy is a 13-year-old girl who adores her father that works as a travelling life insurance salesman in Utah. After the death of her mother, Cindy is tormented by her stepmom to the breaking point. With encouragement from the girl who appears in her bedroom, she discovers the hidden truth about her dad and her family… The only way to end it is to take matters into their hands. However, the deeper she digs the more terrifying the past gets. While the past slowly unwinds, her crush on a policeman, her foster family, murder and her new discoveries only make life more difficult. The only person that can shed light on this is the father she loves more than life itself… The father she loves is her only saviour… 

The Girl in the Willow

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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