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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

The Dark Side of Paranormal

I think it was sometime around 2009 that my interest in the Paranormal really took quite a turn for me. I'd been watching quite a few of those shows... you know which ones, and found that I really didn't mind the idea of going into a dark place in the middle of the night and looking for things that scare most rational people. But it wasn't until my love of local legends gave me a chance to become involved with a local Ghost Hunting group that I was able to put those thoughts to the test. What was I thinking? More than once on an investigation I found myself giving my brain a shake. But still, I loved it. I investigated with the group for about a year, but for anyone interested you need to understand that it is a major time commitment. And, if you are like me and work a retail job, you'll find that it's hard to get the hours right. I still investigate, mostly on a request basis. I've been called in on a few cases and done some digging of my own. Have I see any …

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…