Radium Halos Third Edition and Ebook Sale!

A new book cover, a small price increase, AND a BIG discount!

Librifiles Publishing will soon be taking RADIUM HALOS to the next level—CreateSpace’s Expanded Distribution. This will be the third edition for the novel, with a new cover, (front and back) with a new blurb from a former senior news producer from CBS. We have also added an epilogue with details about the years of litigation the dial painters endured.

The price for the paperback will increase slightly from $9.99 to $11.99. If you were planning to order a paperback version, now would be a good time.

To apologize (and hopefully make up for) the paperback price increase, both Shelley Stout’s  ebooks (current editions) are on sale at 99 cents beginning today!

New Events with Shelley Stout

Shelley Stout, author of Radium Halos, has some new events on her calendar this summer.

  • Book signing, Saturday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. at Uwharrie Books, Locust, NC
  • Discussion and reading, Monday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Atria Merrywood, Charlotte, NC
  • Book signing, Saturday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Charlotte, NC
  • Book signing, Saturday, July 24 from 11 to 1 at BacInTyme Coffee Cafe, Fort Mill, SC

Upcoming Events with Shelley Stout

Mark your calendars for the following events with Shelley Stout, author of Radium Halos.

  • Book signing and sale, Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28, SC Book Festival, Columbia, SC.
  • Book Club guest, Monday, March 1 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville, FL (via Skype).
  • Book signing, Saturday March 13 from 1 – 3, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Charlotte, NC.
  • Book Club guest, Wednesday, March 17 7:00 p.m. Weddington, NC
  • Book signing, Saturday, March 20 from 10 -12 at the American Heritage Spring Antique and Collectible Sale, Waxhaw, NC
  • Book signing, Saturday, April 3, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, Charlotte, NC
  • Book Club guest, Tuesday, April 13 6:00 p.m. YWCA Central Carolinas, WIT LIT Book Club meeting
  • Spring Local Author Event — Book signing, Saturday, April 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Carolina Place Mall, Pineville, NC
  • Author’s Panel, Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. at Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ
  • Speaking engagement at the Eastern Airlines Retiree Association monthly meeting. Charlotte, NC, Wednesday June 2, 6:30 p.m.
  • Book Club guest, Thursday, June 3 7:00 p.m. Books-a-Million Charlotte

Interview with author Shelley Stout

The following are some questions I had for Shelley Stout, author of our first publication Radium Halos, about the inspirations she had behind writing the book. Thanks to Shelley for sharing her answers with us.

Before reading your book, I had never heard of the Radium Dial painters. What was your inspiration for writing about this subject matter?

In the late 1980’s, I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel called “Radium City.” This documentary told the terrifying and tragic story of the unfortunate women who went through this ordeal. The documentary also described the city of Ottawa, IL, and how radioactivity from the demolished factory remains today. The documentary had such an impact on me, I continued to think about it for nearly two decades. By 2004, I had written a few novels– mostly romantic comedy, but I felt I was ready to tackle a bigger, more important subject. I began researching the story again. There are several non-fiction books on the subject, but I was determined to bring the story to the public in the form of a novel. My research included borrowing and viewing a very grainy VHS copy of the original documentary from a library in Peru, IL. I received help along the way from experts in the field.

I also spent a day at a mental hospital, where I received a private tour and lecture from a gentleman who had actually worked there in the early 70’s.

Your narrator and main character, Helen, is the highlight of the book for me. What was your inspiration behind this character?

I think Helen appeals to readers because everyone can relate to being trapped in a place or a circumstance beyond their control. The character Helen evolved out of studying the true story behind the tragedy, and finding a voice that could tell the story, yet be a uniquely resilient individual who must endure tremendous hardships and adversity in her life.

Because this was based on true events, did you find anything in your research, perhaps small details, that you particularly wanted to include in the book? Were there any characters or character traits that are based on details you found when researching?

Some of the details that I wanted to be sure to include were the health issues: the body’s reaction to the radiation and long-term poisoning. Also, about the testing at the lab, and how the original factory was demolished.

Beth and Violet suffered from the effects as young women. Many of the women were affected within a short time. Others were not affected until they were much older. So the details of how Beth and Violet’s bodies reacted were important for me to detail for the reader.

A few times while reading, I started imagining what a certain scene would look like in a movie. Did you think of the book as the basis for a movie while writing it? Who would be your ideal actress to play Helen’s character?

Many other readers have also said Halos would make a great movie, but I wasn’t necessarily thinking of that while I was writing it. I began to think in those terms after I’d revised it several times, and started to work on the pacing. As far as an actress, I don’t have anyone in mind. Just a really good character actress, rather than someone well-known.

“Radium Halos” coming soon

Our first print publication, Radium Halos, is coming soon! It is historical fiction based on the true events of the Radium Dial Painters, a group of female factory workers who, in the early 1920s, contracted radiation poisoning from painting luminous watch dials with radium paint.

This book is already available in ebook format at our sister site, Girlebooks.com. Read our review of Radium Halos here.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest news as it happens. Thanks for visiting!