Updated: September 1, 2014 8:11AM
Five years after the release of his first book, “Tandem Tryst,” Posen resident Ralph E. Horner has completed its sequel, his third novel, entitled “Midnight Mist.”
“Tandem Tryst,” a romantic science-fiction adventure follows the journey of Jeff, a widower who discovers a magical ring that sends him back in time 100 years to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair where he meets Melody, a woman exactly like his late wife. As he tries to get closer to her, Jeff’s secret is discovered and he must work to prevent a mysterious woman from stealing the ring that’s his only means of being with Melody.
“The idea for ‘Tandem Tryst’ just sort of came to me one day while I was mowing the lawn,” Horner said. “I was thinking about my wife, and what I would do if I ever lost her, and I got the idea for this story.”
Horner, 64, who’s also a corporate accountant for McDonald’s, said he knew he wanted the book to involve time travel but didn’t think of the setting of the world’s fair right away. That inspiration came from another book.
“I had originally just imagined a more generic location for the story,” he said. “Then when I read about the world’s fair (in the other book) ... I thought it would be a great setting, so I started researching it.”
The first book took five years to complete because of the amount of research that needed to be done.
“Midnight Mist” picks up where “Tandem Tryst” leaves off. In the conclusion of the story, Jeff and Melody, now in Jeff’s time of 1993, must steal back the enchanted ring so Melody can retrieve her daughter from the past and so they can be safe from the thief’s murderous plans.
“This book was a lot of fun to write,” Horner said, “and it only took me two years to finish because I had done most of my research already.”
He said he never writes a novel without an outline, adding that he did not plan a sequel to “Tandem Tryst.”
“As I was finishing the first book, I realized the ending could work as a cliffhanger and I thought ‘there could be a good sequel here,’” he said.
“Midnight Mist” is Horner’s third novel. His second, “Witch’s Moon,” is an unrelated story released in 2012. Its sequel will be his next book, Horner said.
Horner also has had several short stories published, including a Halloween story published in a collection last October.
He said he has enjoyed writing since he was 11 and started a serial comic strip with a friend that they distributed among their classmates.
“Midnight Mist” is available as a Nook book from Barnes and Noble and soon will be released in bookstores and Amazon in ebook and paperback form.