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Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…

All write with coffee...: Novel Transitions and Tie-backs - Part I

I've been following this blog for awhile and found that the author has some great insights into what makes fiction work... or not. I was happy to see that the latest topic had much to do with what I'm currently struggling with in my work. Transitions and tie backs. With my current work in process I'm dealing with three separate storylines that merge into one piece. It's more important than ever that I provide a plausible and satisfying plotline that doesn't just drop the information in at random spots. There are two different posts on the subject and I'd encourage you to read both. It's well worth the time.

All write with coffee...: Novel Transitions and Tie-backs - Part I

Literature: The dark side of the boom - Times Online

Literature: The dark side of the boom - Times Online

After a recent email between myself and a member of the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland, I become curious as to the influence of Maine Irish Writers on the fiction genre. I ran across the above article from Times Online in which they give an indepth description of Irish Noir and the role it plays in influencing both past trends in genre fiction and the current ascent of stark portrayals of a country with a verdant aura of realism.

Want to know more about Irish Noir? Read on...

Murder, Mystery and the Paranormal from the News Files...

Sleuths unravel 16th-century Italian murder mystery - Yahoo! News:
"Sleuths unravel 16th-century Italian murder mystery"

One of the things that truly fascinates me is when new technological advances can possibly be used to solve old cases. In this case, it's being used to find the clues behind a 16th century murder.

In 1563, Baroness Laura Lanza and her lover were murdered, their bodies buried in a common grave below the local church. The case has never been completely forgotten and now, along with an urging from the mayor of Carini, Italy, they are hoping that modern technology will help solve the case.

Could we truly solve a case where all involved have been gone for centuries? They are betting that science can clear the case. Science along with a little supernatural help. Supernatural help? Surely not? But if you read the last paragraph of this article you will see that even modern science is hoping to have a little help from beyond...

"Several years ago we test…