About HEAD GAMES
“Argentina 1979. Life has gone stale for Jim, an expat working in Catamarca. Everything is predictable until he meets Lisa. She has the starry eyes, the sensuous lips, and the tango steps that make all rational assumptions go away. Jim gives her top marks for animation but there is a warning at the end of his tip sheet: Danger. Lisa is a little too intense, a little too crazy, a woman with too many scenes playing in her head. Her antics don’t faze Santos, a spiritualist who is looking for a medium to channel the dead and attract his lost sister. He lures Lisa to his compound in northern Argentina, where she becomes a pawn in a deadly family feud. Jim goes in search of Lisa. Tracking her down turns into a double mission – freeing Lisa from her captors and himself from the monotony of his life. It takes a fantastic journey through rugged country for Jim to realize that he loves Lisa just the way she is: unpredictable. The story unfolds against the background of a country under military rule. It is a place where kidnapping, violence, and death no longer make headlines, a place where you learn survival skills.”
“A fast-paced page turner. A suspenseful, thrilling roller coaster ride with lots of twisty, loopy sections”
“I recommend HEAD GAMES to literary thriller lovers.”
“Unique and entertaining adventure with heart”
About PLAYING NAOMI
Liz is waiting for her big break in Hollywood, when a different offer comes her way. The wealthy Naomi Baum, a bestselling author, asks Liz to impersonate her on the Ted Hillman Show. The reclusive Naomi cannot bear public appearances but is desperate to make contact with another guest on the show: Miro Bogdan, the son she abandoned as a baby. On the set, Liz gives a convincing performance as Naomi Baum and attracts the passions meant for the author. Miro, now a successful installation artist, harbours a deadly hatred for his mother and is plotting her murder. Ted Hillman, the host of the show, is fascinated with Naomi Baum and romances her stand-in. Liz gives a superb performance as Ted's love interest. But is it a performance, or is Liz beginning to live Naomi's life?
"Erika Rummel's meta-textual legerdemain, strange characters and twisted plot make for a bracing read."
Playing Naomi is a wry comedy whose self-knowing irony is reminiscent of the corrosive but jovial cynicism of such comic media satire as The Larry Sanders Show and The Newsroom."
Reviews of the book posted on Amazon.com & Amazon.ca
"Consummate writing skill...well-drawn characters...witty, thought-provoking...suspenseful."
"well-drafted characters...sharp and animated dialogue...compelling read...up to the surprise ending."
Erika Rummel wins Random House Creative Writing Award
Erika Rummel has been awarded the Random House Creative Writing Award for an excerpt from a new work, The Effects of Isolation on the Brain. The text has been published in Three, vol. IX, 2011, and is available on-line at learn.utoronto.ca.
You can also listen to a sample reading of The Effects of Isolation on the Brain at wordstogopodcast.com