ALEXANDRIA, La (press release) – Avoyelles Parish native and novelist Rebecca Baum will hold a live Virtual Launch Celebration for her new novel Lifelike Creatures on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. The Zoom event will take place on “Book Spiel,” a series hosted by Pam Van Dyk and Regal House Publishing. To register to attend please click here or go to

Baum and Karol Hoeffner, Texas native and author of the novel Knee Deep, will engage in a lively discussion about ghosts, “irredeemable characters,” and writing fiction that centers on real environmental and natural disasters. The event will include readings, audience Q&A, and book giveaways.

Inspired by a real-life industrial disaster in 2012 when a sinkhole devastated a small Louisiana town, the story unfolds in the Southern Gothic world of Terrefine, LA where thirteen-year-old Tara Saint-Romain struggles to keep her addicted mother from self-destructing — even as a catastrophic sinkhole threatens the entire community.

Advance praise for Lifelike Creatures includes:

“Honest and concise…Lifelike Creatures unapologetically displays our ability to abuse and our capacity to love. I look forward to clearing more space for Rebecca Baum on my bookshelf.”
-Téa Leoni

“Baum’s impressive debut is plainly told in vivid descriptions and unapologetic language. She handles the struggle between love and blame in parent-child relationships honestly and beautifully in the face of addiction and environmental corruption.”

Rebecca Baum is a New York City transplant from Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. She has authored several short stories and two novels. The most recent, Lifelike Creatures, is being published by Regal House Publishing in September 2020. She is a ghostwriter, copywriter, and blogger and lives in Greenwich Village.

To pre-order Lifelike Creatures