I considered it a compliment

I accepted it as a compliment when I was told by a reader that my writings were provocative as Harper Lee’s. That’s my job as a writer to prompt one to think and reason.

I told them, “Thanks you, I consider that a great honor.” 

I did asked which book were they referring to and they said, “The Tree.”

I then did an intimation of eight year old Ana screaming out the window at the centuries old ghost named Cooter.

“DAMN COOTER! SHUT UP AND SHUT UP NOW! Shut up or get your names straight! If you gonna keep people awake all night then you need to know who you’re calling. MY NAME IS NOT SHELLYANNA, IT’S ANA. BUT you just keep it up until I get down there! I’m gonna give you sumthing to cry about! I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR CRYING ALL NIGHT. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP! CAN’T NOBODY DO NOTHING ABOUT YOU IN HELL! YOUR NASTY ATTITUDE IS WHY YOU’RE IN HELL.”

Then she storm down stairs to confront him under the tree.


The reader stared at me a few seconds before doubling over in a hilarious fit of laughing. I knew then they had actually read the book!

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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19 Responses to I considered it a compliment

  1. I often write characters to speak in the dialect of their region or era.

    On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:53 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra


  2. Iisa says:

    I laughed until I cried. That part about young Ana screaming out the window at the ghost named Cooter.

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  3. lisa says:

    But that was a great complment

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  4. Jack says:

    The provocativeness of your books is what keeps me coming back to buy the next installment. I have to know what else will the character say that so outrageous that all I can do is stare at the page before busting out laughing. Provocativeness laced with truth is your trademark. Don’t change it. I and hundreds of others love it! It’s a great honor to be compared to Harper Lee. Truth is timeless.

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  5. Charles Davidson says:

    I think that was a high compliment. I mean you aren’t afraid to address issues head on. It’s either one love it or hate it. That’s why the person compared you to Harper Lee. I would safely say you’re a modern day Harper Lee. I love it how you let the reader relax thinking all is going to be cool and then suddenly stick their finger in a electric socket saying, “You see this mess. Don’t ignore it.” You can scare the *hit out of people on a Lovecraft level. Shoot, your books don’t need a Cthulhu to scare the crap out of someone.

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  7. Ann Harden says:

    I pictured a cute little girl with a southern accent yelling out the window at the demons. I enjoyed it. Maybe I have twisted sense of humor but I thought it was funny the way she attacked Marduk for threatening to tell her parents she play with knives and cusses.

    Helena learns it’s far better to keep the first Ana than the second thing that will come into existence if Ana’s dies.

    There are many very creepy part of this book. I must say Lovecraft has nothing on you in writing scary horror. That thing in that pond …”shivers” is all I can say.

    Uh, exactly what is Cooter and the scary lady who pulls the poor child down into hell from her dream. I understand Ana saw the lady in one of her time walking expeditions. But Cooter and the other phantom. Come to think of what the place used to I think I have an idea who they are and why those saints are chasing them.

    All I can say is they better run while they have a chance because the little girl they are scaring now is gonna grown up to fight as well as Leonidas and the Spartans in “300” Stupidly, they doesn’t know or doesn’t care that they are training her to become a great warrior.

    That’s what I love about your novels. You don’t shy away from issues. I see no reason for anyone to be offended about anything in your book but that’s my two cents. Yeah, I can see where Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, and many others influenced your writings.

    On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:53 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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  8. Plastic People says:

    I agree with whomever told you that. I’ve read the black and red book. The person is right. It does reminds one of the writings of Harper Lee. The seeking of justice when society is turning a blind eye to atrocities and crimes.

    I also liked the book because although it’s fictional it is not a fantasy overkill. There’s no whimsy floating crap in anyone’s face. That was the reason I was reluctant to read it at first when I saw the title. I thought was going to be another fairy tale book where the woman needed rescuing and all she does is hug her knees and cry while waiting for the male to save her.

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  9. Tukaga says:

    المحاكمة” هي مشكلة حقيقية في الحياة الحقيقية في بلدي. ولا يمكن للنساء الهروب من المعتدين لأن هناك شبكات من الناس يشاهدونها ويبلغون عنها في جميع الأوقات. الإبلاغ عنها كل خطوة. وهناك لجان منتقاة في كل جارة تقوم وظيفتها الوحيدة بوضع علامات على أعمال المرأة. وكما هو الحال مع آنا، فإن محاولات الهروب يمكن أن تكون مميتة. قليلون هم في الواقع قادرون على الفرار. شكرا لكم مليون مرة لكتابة الكتابة حول قضية مليون من النساء في جميع أنحاء العالم يعيش في خوف على حياتهن.

    al’ashya’ almadhkurat fi “alsey ghyr almuqadas alshaytan fi almuhakama” hi mushkilat haqiqiat fi alhayat alhaqiqiat fi baladi. wala yumkin lilnisa’ alhurub min almuetadin li’ana hnak shabakat min alnaas yushahidunaha wayubalighun eanha fi jmye al’awqat. al’iiblagh eanha kl khatua. wahunak lijan muntaqat fi kl jarat taqum wazifatuha alwahidat biwade ealamat ealaa ‘aemal almar’a. wakama hu alhal mae ana, fa’iina muhawalat alhurub ymkn ‘an takun mumyatat. qalilun hum fi alwaqie qadirun ealaa alfurar. shukraan lakum milyun marat likitabat alkitabat hawl qadiat milyun min alnisa’ fi jmye ‘anha’ alealam yaeish fi khawf ealaa hayatihin.


    The things mentioned in “Unholy Pursuit the devil on my trial” are a real life major problem in my country. Women can not escape their abusers because there are networks of people watching and reporting on her at all times. Reporting her every move. There are selected committees in every neighbor whose sole job is keep tag on the women’s actions. And like with Ana, attempts to escape can be deadly. Few are actually able to escape. Thank you a million times for coming forth writing about an issue million of women around the world lives in with fear for their lives.

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    • Hi Tukaga, when I translated your post I was astonished that the book was about a subject matter that’s an epidemic in your part of the world. I’m grateful to shed light on the issue of human rights. I hope those trying to escape make it to safety. I wish there were more organizations to aid this victims.


    • Wow, I didn’t know that. I didn’t realize it was an international problem. Yes, that’s what stalkers do. Report a target’s every move. If they go somewhere those after them can easily follow for there’s someone in their neighborhood who reported their leaving home.


  10. Dee says:

    You could. Harper Lee mentioned things in her writing that was considered a tattoo. So do you.You brought an issue forth that everyone has been ignoring for years. The lives of people who are stalked and harassed all because the stalker can get away with it. As things stand today. No one is supposed to talk about the epidemic of stalking and harassment. I want to add to this by complimenting you on the courage to write it in the age of ‘feel good’ books. Especially, the first one “UnHoly Pursuit: The Devil on My Trail.” There’s nothing wrong with feel good books. I read them all the time but some can be so unrealistic that you find yourself saying, “C’mon! Let’s get real here.”

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  11. Bernau says:

    I enjoyed reading your books.They make you think.

    I think it is a great honor to be compared to Harper Lee. A compliment well deserved. I read “The Tree”, although, it’s much more supernatural than Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mocking Bird”, it’s still a great expression of the Southern part of the nation and its legacy of slavery and how it effected lives long after the Civil War.

    I deciphered your message to be: The weirdness and strangeness of racism, prejudice, and unjustified racial hatred is so insidious, intense and unexplainable, and enigmatic that it might as well be supernatural.

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