I imagined this day... and here it is. While I'm glad to close out this trilogy, which I've been writing for the better part of 16 years, I do feel a bit melancholy, as I say good-bye to this story, and these characters, both good and evil, that I have grown to love. Each one became a part of me... and letting them go is bittersweet.
I am now writing/editing the last chapter of the final book of, The 13th Apostle, trilogy series. It is an emotional one, too. As I write the final scenes, I find myself consumed with emotion for what the characters are going through, because I am going through it as well, through their experiences, which I see, hear, and feel. For one to be truly triumphant, one must be willing to sacrifice everything, as readers will learn through Fallon. To commit to such a decision exemplifies the best of the human spirit, but it can be unbearably sorrowful.
The chapter is written, but I am editing it to make it perfect, as it deserves to be. After this, one final edit, book cover design, and then the novel is ready for launch.
(PHOTO: Used for inspiration for scene in my latest novel.)
Happy 4th of July!
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later, on July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
Is it possible that a soul, condemned to the infernal regions for grave sins against divine law, can be redeemed, and eventually received into the heavenly realm?
That's precisely what Fallon hopes is within the bounds of possibility, not only for her twin brother, Roarke, but for herself... a headstrong woman who willfully committed suicide, as a guarantee into the Abode of the Damned. Her plan, to reconnect with her brother on the other side, in the place of eternal suffering and punishment, to set him free. Only problem is... she didn't figure out a plan before she entered the Place of the Wicked.
As Fallon navigates the tricky labyrinth of hell, encountering those she'd only read about in history books, she believes she may have discovered what keeps a soul bound to the netherworld, and therefore, what may release it. But before deploying her scheme, she must first figure out if what she learned during her journey through hell is authentic, or a carefully laid trap, set for her by the devil, himself.
I am working on the final two chapters of this novel. It's all written and what needs to happen is all there... I am now just combing out the snarls, and revising, revising, revising, until what I see, hear, and feel, is communicated effectively in words, scenes, and dialogue. The reader must see, hear, and feel everything I do, so the story lives up to what it is truly meant to be. That's my job as the author, and why it takes so long to write a novel. It's hard work, but it's a labor of love. When this book is complete, and I look at it, I will know that I've given the project everything I had... and left behind something for the world that will live on.
Spent a great Father's Day with my father, Edwin. Wishing all the dads out there a wonderful day with their children, or four-legged little ones (its the same in my eyes ❤️). Being an only child, I had my dad all to myself.... thanks to this guy for listening to me talk about my books, story ideas, and everything else that daughters go on and on about.
Sometimes I get so caught up with writing, that I forget how creatively stimulating experiencing another artist's work can be.... it really is fuel for the creative fire.
Last night, Florence and the Machine's concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts was the perfect kick-off to summer 2019, and a very moving experience. This woman's raw talent, her passionate lyrics, and the whimsical sheer dresses she wears as she dances barefoot across the stage is a reminder to everyone to do what you love...
Creative inspiration comes from so many different places. It was a joy to see Florence showcase hers, through her music, to all of us.
This third and final novel of my trilogy series is pouring out like I'm channeling it from another realm.
With 12 chapters complete, 2 other chapters mostly written - but needing work, and another 2 chapters yet to be written, I can see the light at the end of the literary tunnel. As of today, I have 340 pages and counting. I feel like this book will definitely be done far sooner than I expected, which is such a great feeling.
To have my trilogy finally done, after writing for 16 years, feels like all of my hard work was worth it. I am beyond proud of this life-changing accomplishment.
The title of this book is in-keeping with the 'religious thriller' theme, and I know my readers will love it. I can't wait to share it with all of you!
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading! Whether you’re looking for a thriller, something that will stir your imagination, an emotionally charged storyline, or ideas and concepts that will make you consider mankind’s place in the universe, my books will leave you forever moved. The 13th Apostle and its sequel Divine Providence are the first two of a trilogy series, with the final installment due out later this year. The Vampire, is not your ordinary vampire story, it’s the heart-wrenching tale of an intriguing supernatural being caught between two worlds, as he searches for the deeper meaning of his existence.
Measuring the progress I've made in recent months on the third and final book of, The 13th Apostle trilogy series, I see I'm a lot further along than I thought. I'm already at 328 pages and the work is just pouring out. It's an incredible feeling, to be so close to completion - I'd say several more months. It's actually hard to believe it's almost finally done, after working diligently for approximately 16 years on this series.
Reading back through scenes of The 13th Apostle, and its sequel Divine Providence, as well as this final book of the series, it's like reflecting on experiences from my own life. I know exactly where I was in my life, what was going well, or not, and how I felt about everything, as I researched topics and wrote the scenes in these books. This epic story, these characters, and these life-changing scenes have become an integral part of who I am, today.
The work I produced in these books also laid the foundation for me to be able to write another book I am incredibly proud of, The Vampire. If it wasn't for The 13th Apostle, Divine Providence, and this new work, I would have never had the skill, or courage to tackle such a complex character or storyline, as I did in The Vampire.
As strange as it might sound to some, writing my books is more than just a hobby, or having a product to sell... it breathed life into my soul. Through my books, I discovered who I truly am, who I want to be, and revealed inspirational messages I want to share with every reader.
When your gut instinct urges you to move forward with something that inspires you, such as creating art, in any form, listen. Through that work you will discover who you truly are, and show you the gift you are meant to share with the world. It is transformative.
As I continue writing BOOK III of, The 13th Apostle, trilogy series, I can't help periodically reflecting on my novel writing experience, thus far. I've been faithfully writing for 15 years, and publishing novels for 9 years... and it really was the best thing that ever happened to me. When you follow your passion, you connect with your soul's purpose in this life. Once you've discovered it, there's no denying it. You feel more alive than ever before, and you know that your work will find its audience, seemingly all on its own. My books also feel like they have their own soul, as if they are living, breathing, inspirational works of art, meant to enlighten the lives of those who read them. It's hard to explain to anyone who does not create, but those who do, understand what I'm saying. Anyone who has the passion to write a book, pen a poem, paint a portrait or landscape, carve a sculpture, compose a piece of music, act out a scene, design a building, or dance, should read the following...
Being inspired to boldly create or do something that will turn your passionate vision into reality, has genius, power and magic in it. If you can go there in the mind, it can be done.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
— William Hutchison Murray (Scottish mountaineer and writer)