Adding an Element of the Supernatural to My Writing

My writing, especially my novels, for the most part have been grounded in real life. It’s my nature to keep things focused on the tangible. I love stories of humanity, embedded in history and real-life drama. It’s what I seek in my movie-watching as well. I’ll take “The Bridge of Spies” over any Marvel movie any day of any week of any year. (Please, I hope I don’t get started on super hero movies. Please, no.) The only place I have dabbled in the strange and unrealistic is with my one-act short plays. I’ve written a bunch of crazy stuff, even about inanimate objects, but they are still all meant to tell human stories even if there are no humans in the story.

My novels, on the other hand have always been protected from the craziness. My debut novel, Beauty Rising, focused on a tragic story about thirty-something who finally grows up when he takes his father’s ashes to Vietnam. My second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, is about a secluded, lonely woman who tells wild stories to herself. The Reach of the Banyan Tree is my historical Vietnam novel about three generations of American men who were affected by Vietnam during three different time periods. A Love Story for a Nation is about an ex-writer, who after experiencing a terrible tragedy, decides to protest a brutal government regime by standing quietly in the city square. And finally, Which Half David is about a mission worker in Southeast Asia who becomes tempted by an old flame.

Human stories, real life, tragedy, drama, heart-gripping dialogue, and humor. No crazy fantasy or supernatural elements.

Until now.  And it’s a trilogy.

My soon-to-be-named trilogy is two-thirds written. Book one is having its final edit as I write. It’s coming soon. I have a book cover – still not revealed. Book two is finished. I’m working through it’s second draft and book three is partially outlined. And I’ve done it. I’ve expanded my repertoire.

I decided to write this on a whim, when I had a strange thought in my head, a small girl in a white dress, eating a pomegranate, hovering over an old man sleeping. That was the genesis of my trilogy. Why I had that particular image in my head, I have no idea. But it was there, and I used it.

I first had to start justifying the scene. This small person was hovering. People don’t hover, and they don’t do so eating pomegranates. That would be terribly messy. So I had to decide what makes her hover, who is she, what is she, where did she come from, why is she hovering over this old man’s bed?

That is where the exciting discovery part of writing took over. I just started writing and before I knew it, the old man was being whisked through time to various important points of 20th century history. As I wrote, I began including another character to help balance out the little flying one. Then I had to create their backstory and justify how they can do all of the things they do. I did all of that, but I don’t tell the reader everything. It’s part of the mystery for them to discover for themselves.

I’ve had so much fun writing these books, and while they are a departure from my normal stuff, they are, in some ways, not that different. I’m still telling human stories, embedded in history, but this time, we have some new and fun companions along for the ride.

I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Soon. Very soon!

 

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New Lower E-Book Price on “A Love Story for a Nation”

As I look forward to the release of my new novel “Which Half David,” I’m happy to permanently lower the price of “A Love Story for a Nation” to $2.99 in the Kindle store.

This is a great time to pick up this awesome read. Click on the links below to see what book reviewers have to say about it. If you are interested in any of the following, I think you’ll like the book:

history, literary fiction, romance, courage, inspirational stories, politics, fantasy (yes, it has elements of fantasy written into the stories that the protagonist writes), revolution, good reads!

Enjoy! A Love Story for a Nation HERE!

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So Excited! Opening Night – “The Secrets of the Magic Pool”

Venue: Penang Performing Arts Centre

May 13, 2016 – 8pm – WORLD PREMIERE of my new play “The Secrets of the Magic Pool”

16 months since I first thought of this concept.

11 months since I finished the first draft of the play.

8 months since the first workshop to read it and get feedback.

5 months since I published it on Amazon.

4 months since auditions.

1. 5 months since all lines were memorized.

1 day since dress rehearsal.

It’s been a great ride, and I’m so excited to see what shall happen tonight when the curtain comes up on a new play, never before seen.

I love producing original dramas!

Break a leg, everyone.

The Script

The Event

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