D.M. (Delania) Bourgeois is the local author that published her first novel, Slipping Into Darkness in December 2020. The book was also featured in various locations and had a well-attended book signing at Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar in Old Gretna, one of the locations written about in the book.

The book that has done exceedingly well was also featured on the GretnaGlance.com blog on March 2, 2021. We caught up with the author and she had good news to share, while needing the help of locals for their votes.

“In a few weeks, I’ll be attending Killer Nashville, a writing conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I entered my book, Slipping into Darkness into the Silver Falchion Award contest and I am proud to announce that it was chosen as a finalist,” she said. https://mailchi.mp/killernashville/killer-nashville-claymore-award-top-20-finalists-616428. “The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on August 21.”

“Slipping Into Darkness, along with the other finalists in the Silver Falchion Award was entered into the Readers Choice contest. Please go to the Killer Nashville site and vote for my book. You can only vote one time and the voting is open now, but only until August 15,” Bourgeois said. To vote, go to:  https://killernashville.com/awards/killer-nashville-readers-choice-award/

“I am excited and honored by the overwhelming positive responses from people that have read Slipping Into Darkness. When I started this journey, I didn’t know what to expect, but my experience thus far has exceeded my expectations and encouraged me to continue following my dream to write.

“I’m thrilled to say that I am working on my second book. While it’s not a sequel of Slipping Into Darkness, it does revolve around one of its characters. My new book is about a local game warden searching for his missing partner and the obstacles and danger he encounters along the way. One scene in the new story is a recognizable place, a cemetery in Lafitte.  

Her first book, Slipping Into Darkness is a work of fiction about a woman who lives in Crown Point with her husband and has a perfect life. She suddenly finds herself in the center of a hundred-year-old curse and, with the help of her husband and friends fights to discover the truth and regain control of her life. It’s about multiple murders, strange occurrences, too many coincidences to be ignored.

An easy read, Slipping Into Darkness has a lot of local content as the characters frequent local restaurants and attend events in and around Gretna and the New Orleans area.

Delania is happily married to Glenn Griffin and the couple resides in Crown Point. They have two children and two grandchildren together. At age 57, she started to write. She decided to write under her maiden name, D.M. Bourgeois, because she felt uncomfortable and a bit vulnerable, scared to have people read it.

She graduated from Higgins High School, married right after graduation, and later had taken some college classes. Once the book was finished, even though it had been a long time since she had been in school, she felt it was time to take some creative writing classes to help with her new career choice. When inquiring about classes at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux in August of 2019, she was surprised and glad to discover that she could finish that degree she had started many years before, while taking the English classes she wanted!                         

“In May of 2020 at 58 years old, I graduated Cum Laude in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in English and Humanities. My writing had led to the accomplishment of my other dream, earning a college degree!                                                                     

You can order Slipping Into Darkess in print through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and most places that sell books. It’s also available as an eBook. D.M. Bourgeois can be reached at dmbourgeois61@gmail.com or on Facebook.com/D.M.Bourgeois.

“Thanks to everyone that has made this dream become a reality. I am truly blessed,” Delania said while hoping that locals will follow fans of the book and vote for her online at https://killernashville.com/awards/killer-nashville-readers-choice-award/ before voting ends on August 15.