Today I’m announcing the beginning of a “mini-series” I plan to produce here on my website. If this is your first visit to the Kreative Korner, may I suggest that you go back and read the two previous posts on my site, Meet the Author and Meet the Leading Ladies. By doing that, you’ll be all caught up and ready to proceed with this series.
First, I introduced you to myself, the author of Murder on Murder Creek Road, which should be released sometime around May of 2012. Next, I introduced you to the real-life leading ladies of that same novel. Now, I’d like you to meet the main female character of my new book – Priscilla.
Priscilla is a real-life person who plays a role in a fictional story, just as the other leading ladies do. In my first novel, All Rise, the main female character was named Deborah. Priscilla and Deborah both share the personality and real-life experiences of the same person – me, the author.
I recall reading something pertaining to being a good writer that quoted Mark Twain as saying, “Write what you know.” That’s what I set out to do years ago when I first picked up the pen to try my hand at creative writing. What I “know” is how it feels to arrive at a place in life that you never would have set out to go to … where you have no desire to remain … but don’t know how to move away from that intensely painful spot to a better place. Since the above is what I really “know“, it will always play a part in each one of my novels. Murder on Murder Creek Road opens to find Priscilla standing squarely on this spot, as if there had been an “X” marking the place where she should stand.
Since production of my new novel won’t actually get underway until November, I’m planning to spend the interim time sharing “what I know” from Priscilla’s perspective. The purpose of exposing some of her real-life experiences is to allow the reader (male or female) to draw parallels from her life to your own.
Priscilla appeared to have a lot going for her. She was smart, sensitive, disciplined and most of all – passionate! When she cared about something, she would usually become fanatical about it. Due to this passionate-fanatic characteristic of hers, she frequently found herself labeled as some sort of “weird crusader” by a few critical onlookers who were not particularly fond of her or her fanaticism. Unfortunately, Priscilla’s passions were being driven by forces – powers, if you will – completely unknown to her. She didn’t know why she found herself facing one personal failure after another. She wanted to be right … do right … live right. Yet, time and time again, she found herself deeply perplexed as she sat sobbing, surrounded by more and more ugly rubble that represented continual failure in her life.
Fortunately, the day finally dawned when Priscilla came to an utter “end of herself”. At this point she realized that the only common denominator in all the ugly drama in her midst was “her”. While the people and the circumstances kept changing, she remained standing in the center of it all. Finally, she could not escape the realization that the real problem was with her. That’s when she desperately cried out to the empty space around her, “How do I get it right when I learned to do it all wrong?”
Priscilla had been deeply psychologically wounded in her childhood. Whether we are ever willing to acknowledge it or not, most of us were emotionally wounded in childhood — some more deeply than others. Many will never realize that these unrecognized wounds from childhood are actually shaping and controlling our lives today. By influencing the choices we make on a daily basis, our childhood unknowingly takes charge of our day-to-day adult lives. Sadly, many of us will wake up one day asking, “What happened? How did I get here? What made me do that? How could I have done that? How do I stop? How can I learn to live a better, more fulfilling life?”
Most of us did not grow up in the perfect little family we see on Hallmark cards and Norman Rockwell paintings. And, since most of us will never come to understand how we were wounded by our families-of-origin, we will unknowingly and unintentionally wound our children in the same way. Remember earlier I said that the purpose of sharing Priscilla’s real-life experiences is to allow the reader to draw parallels from her life to your own. With this purpose foremost in my mind, I’d like to begin a series that outlines the journey Priscilla embarked upon to find the answers to her agonizing questions regarding the preponderance of personal failure in her life. While she is no authority on matters of psychology, this will simply be an account of her personal experiences, the realizations she derived from her own self-analysis and how these self-taught principles led her down the road to recovery.
My fervent hope is that you’ll join me each week as we follow this mysterious journey together. And that perhaps you’ll find some sparkling little “jewel of enlightenment” to help you, the reader, in discovering your own way to a more fulfilling life.
Hope to see you next time!