I’ve come to the conclusion that writers have to have a god complex to do their craft. We sit on high likeZeusinMountOlympusand meddle with the lives of our fictional characters. We throw crisis thunderbolts to force them to react and adapt, then set them adrift onPoseidon’s sea to be buffeted by the storms of life. And not only do we do it to see if they’ll sink or swim, we make a story out it!
A little soul searching on my part has determined one of the reasons I write is because I get frustrated by real things in life – environmental issues, political intrigues, societal woes and ills. In my fictional worlds, where my god complex shines, my characters have frustrations specific to their environment. They miraculously find resolution, and that comes from the deepest part of my psyche. In other words, I can virtually eliminate the issues that bug me, in print if not in reality. I guess it’s a way to find internal balance in a world that occasionally feels as though a giant hand is shaking the snowglobe we live in.
As far as balance goes, you can’t have the good without the bad to contrast against. You can’t have the light without darkness, because darkness makes you appreciate the light. To me, writing conflicts where right triumphs over wrong is the best thing about creating literary worlds. Authors have control over weighty issues and are able to change negative situations to positive outcomes – and who doesn’t love a happy ever after? The real world doesn’t always allow for that.
Did you know studies show the brain doesn’t make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life? The same neurochemicals are released whether you’ve just read a description of the scent of fresh-baked apple pie or had it right under your nose. Proof we need our happy ever afters even if it is just fiction.
As for me, I love writing the classic light vs. dark/ good vs. evil scenario with twists on a theme – stories that capture the imagination and stretch the boundaries of the mind just a tad. And you just never know which way my stories will go because as a reader, I like to be surprised. The preconceived notion isn’t the best lens through which to experience things, even literature. An opened mind that takes it all in as new just might find deeper meaning in a story because literature is art and art is the collective emotion the artist felt in that moment of creation. True stuff that. We writers paint our fictional worlds with a palette of colors based upon everything we are, every joy and pain, everything we’ve learned from and wondered over, and everything we’ve aspired to be whether we got there or not.
I’m drawn to writing opposites and resolution because our emotional life needs that balance. Readers will find layers of nuance in my tales for I’ve painted these stories just so.
The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo – book 1
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development? Ashkewheteasu seeks to end his immortal existence when he discovers his purpose of guarding his wife’s burial mound has ended. In his despair, he assumes the form of a wolf and steps in front of a moving car and into the life of Dr. Olivia “Livie” Rosalini. The veterinarian saves the animal’s life, and in the process saves the man within. Unbeknownst to Livie, the dog she’s taken into her home and grows to love is a magical being seeking to win her heart as a man. While Ash is learning a new world filled with new love, friendship, and happiness, an old menace makes plans to steal it all away; just as he had 3000 years before.
Loving Leonardo – book 1
Bound by limits dictated by society, Art Historian Nicolas Halstead lived a guarded life until a tempest in the form of Elenora Schwaab blew into his world. At first Nicolas can’t decide if the audacious American is simply mad or plotting blackmail for not only does she declare knowledge of his homosexuality, she offers him a marriage proposal.
After Ellie tells him of a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci, a book of erotic love poems and sketches dedicated to the artist’s long-time lover Salai, Nicolas joins her in a race to save the book from destruction. Along the way they encounter Historian Luca Franco and discover a comfortable compatibility that comes to redefine their long-held notions of love. The trio embarks on an adventure filled with sensual discovery, intrigue, and danger. Little do they know Leonardo da Vinci’s book is far more than meets the eye.
Unable to deny his own translucence,Dr.Jason Bowen determines his lack of physical substance could only mean one thing — he’s a ghost. Murdered more than a century before,Jason haunts his house and ponders the treachery that took his life. When Lanie O’Keefe arrives with plans to renovate her newly purchased Victorian mansion,Jason learns, ghost or not, he’s still very much a man.Jason soon discovers he can travel through Lanie’s dreams and finds himself reliving the days before his murder with Lanie by his side. It took one hundred and twenty years for love to find them, but there’s that insurmountable little matter of Jason being dead.
Hermes Online – A Sensual Reads Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner 2011
Imagine if you will a story begun in the halls of Mount Olympus long before this modern tale was conceived. It was a time when the god Hermes flew on his winged sandals and carried messages from the gods to the mortals below. And between that time and this, couriers became postmen and handwritten letters became bytes. It is said the gods still speak to those who listen…
Left bruised and brokenhearted after a cruel breakup, Vivienne Bennet finds herself mired in a world of self-doubt. To her surprise, she receives an email that challenges her to rediscover the sensual woman she once was. Together Vivienne and the enigmatic man known only as S embark upon the world of anonymous Internet communication where suggestive emails lead to erotic chat, where cybersex leads to Skype, and C2C sends both into the arms of a love they’d believed lost forever.
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