On The Road With Ollie

ABOUT Maria Rachel Hooley

maria Rachel Hooley
I've written over twenty novels, including When Angels Cry, New Life Incorporated, and the Sojourner series.  My poetry has been published in over 80 literary journals across the United States and United Kingdom.  I live in Oklahoma with my husband and three children.


Death isn't the end of love; Katie Newman, grief-stricken over losing her father, knows this. Everyday she hopes for some kind of impossible resolution. Fate intercedes, not by supplying her father's dearly departed spirit but instead a sixtish-hippy ghost who needs Katie's help with unfinished business. While she might have wondered about the afterlife, suddenly the afterlife is thrust on her in the form of Ollie Morris still clad in leather S& M pants, his final outfit. Ollie has been sent by Katie's father to help him move on in hopes that she will be able to do the same. In exchange for spooking her unfaithful boyfriend out of her life, Ollie asks Katie to drive him to Colorado to complete his unfinished business, and during the trip, they both realize that unfinished business, be it from the living or dead, rarely resolves as expected.

I started this novel when I was in the midst of losing my own father. In some respects it became the way I dealt with my grief, and the character Ollie became a humorous way of accepting what I could not change.