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July 4, 2015
The Unholy rings true in contemporary society whenever thinly veiled good hides attitudes destructive of integrity to include individual and societal consciousness and well being.Shock ripples through memories of covert violence laced through Belfast Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. I watched a television documentary on Belfast done by a celebrated personage. He lightly covered the religious/political strife, then took off to a downtown trendy fine dining establishment and talked about culinary advances in Ireland. How speedily we move from what makes us uncomfortable and take refuge in superficial matters. This is the dark side of human nature, one that dismisses ongoing oppression because it is not obvious in the way it once used to be. We highlight the good (a thinly veneered lightness of being) rather than meditate on masked violence that diminishes human integrity, an evil perpetrated by each of us when we refuse consciousness regarding matters of human need for independence and freedom.
July 1, 2015
The Unholy, Archbishop Anarch intoning incantations in the mirror, generations of suffering souls, and that hauntings appear to remind us of times past, haunted histories, and phantasmagoric messengers of the unseen behind the seen.I was recently in Ireland and visited what I thought wasn't a five-hundred-year old haunted Downtown Abbey style castle. Kate, my wife, asked if I thought it was haunted. I said the four-story stone mansion stood so decrepit that even the ghosts had fled. They didn't. Last night the haunting spirit of the place visited me in a dream (nightmare). She flickered through a warbled mirror then popped right before me. It shook me to the core. The phantom spoke of a people oppressed, then the mirror flickered again. Generations of suffering souls cried out. I remembered I'm in Ireland and visited what I thought wasn't a five-hundred-year old haunted Downtown Abbey style castle. Kate, my wife, asked if I thought it was haunted. I said the four-story stone mansion stood so decrepit that even the ghosts had fled. They didn't. Last night the haunting spirit of the place visited me in a dream (nightmare). She flickered through a warbled mirror then popped right before me. It shook me to the core. The phantom spoke of a people oppressed, then the mirror flickered again. Generations of suffering souls cried out. I remembered
June 29, 2015
The Unholy speaks to soul. We make our way through life freeing ourselves constantly. Anthony struggles to find a way to express love to one afraid to love again. Love, the deepest emotion of soul, is the process and endpoint of The Unholy.
Soul speaks as the poet expresses, "Lying down on the grass, I spoke in my soul to the earth, the sun, the air, and the distant sea far beyond sight.
I thought of the earth's firmness I felt it bear me up ; through the grassy couch there came an influence as if I could feel the great earth speaking to me.
I thought of the wandering air, its pureness, which is its beauty; the air touched me and gave me something of itself.
I spoke to the sea: though so far, in my mind I saw it, green at the rim of the earth and blue in deeper ocean; I desired to have its strength, its mystery and glory.
Then I addressed the sun, desiring the soul equivalent of his light and brilliance, his endurance and unwearied race.
The rich blue of the unattainable flower of the sky drew my soul towards it, and there it rested, for pure colour is rest of heart.
By all these I prayed; I felt an emotion of the soul beyond all definition..."
—Richard Jefferies,The Story of My Heart
The Unholy enters soul realms as dramatic fiction unfolds the courage of a man and a woman in their desire to find life and love.
Painting: Mujer Soñando / Dreaming Woman by Paula Nicho Cúmez, courtesy of MayaArte.com
June 24, 2015
The Unholy tells the story of pain and potential redemption. New beginnings from painful endings, taught the old wisdom master Lao Tzu and the medicine women of The Unholy.There is pain in life.
Depth therapy with suffering patients has taught me of hope. Where there is pain there is hope. A person can use life pain to turn inward and learn. Psychotherapy is about turning inward, learning. Reading a dramatic story like The Unholy turns us within where a life lesson may emerge.
When we are open, then help comes. Stories provide inspiration, healing, help if we are open to their meaning. Taking time to read, ponder, and wonder what a character's plight is about and how it speaks to us can affect us in surprising ways. We might just discover that painful endings don't guarantee but do provide the possibility of new beginnings.
June 20, 2015
The Unholy we read, "..That bird came out of the blue, as if it had a message for you...What's bothering you?" (p. 52). Life messages abound. All around us are chances to learn. Situations, daily happenings, offer reflections of self, guidance along the way.In
FB Contemporary Shamanism (Safe Practices) notes, "One may not always be looking at the reflection of the self in others but of some emotion, challenge or behavior than needs to be made peace with within themselves. Reflections both large an small offer great teachings."
In The Unholy troubled emotions stir deep thoughts. Emotional troubling sends us within to discover meaning. Making peace means looking at our reflection, perhaps listening to to the black bird that comes out of the blue, and then following through with the intuitive guidance we receive.
June 17, 2015
In The Unholy we read, "For the past three hundred years, medicine women had gathered around the boulder to celebrate the birthing of healing spirits that transformed human illness to well-being." (p.46). The outer gathering symbolizes the inner constellation of positive energy. Women of healing, courageous warriors, embody healing, share it with each other and those ready to make the descent into self necessary to find healing and wholeness.
Eric Micha'el Leventhal writes, "A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.” Courage and awareness are critical facets of a healer's powers as dramatized in the story of The Unholy .
Painting of curandera Maria Sabina, artist's name unknown.
Gratitude to FB Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico for image and text.
June 13, 2015
The Unholy . Claire is coming to us all the way from Aztlan, the mythopoeic realm of destiny as healer and slayer. It is a pleasure to have Claire with us today at Beyond the Books!We’re thrilled to have here today, Claire Sanchez, medicine woman, from Paul DeBlassie III’s thriller,
Thank you so for this interview, Claire. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Yes I do. I should mention that I am speaking from the virtual realm, a mythopoeic place where past and present and future are as one:, so, whether I actually live or die within the drama of The Unholy has been answered, is being answered, and has still to be answered question.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I am tenacious! Having lost my mother at an early age, witnessing her brutal murder, left me with a ferocious will to survive.
Fear. I fear that one day what happened to my mother could happen to me. I know I am a healer. She was a healer, was challenged, and died for what she believed in. That frightens me.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? I am a Native American/Hispanic woman of twenty-five who has intense brown eyes and auburn hair and a personality that can be fierce, fiery and warm and loving, so I ‘ll let you and the readers dream up what Hollywood woman could fit into this bronze woman’s shoes!
Do you have a love interest in the book?
I am in love with Anthony, a sculptor; but, in my mind to love means to lose. I lost my mother when I was a child. I’m desperately afraid to love Anthony.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I suffered the possibility of another intense and critical loss as the story unfolded, the actual turn of events actually turning my mental world upside down and inside out.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I would be Anthony, my friend and lover as he is such a supportive individual and one who feels and exhibits such great courage and understanding for the one he loves.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I was literally brought to tears by the way in which the story ended, the drama unfolding with such violence and natural occurrences synchronously leading to destiny revealing itself!
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
I will be appearing when least expected in the next novel, Dark Goddess, that he is writing. The wisdom I have to impart is to always watch for the unexpected for it is full of shocks, surprises, and delights!
June 10, 2015
How do you usually come up with a story idea? Dreams? Writer’s journal? Eavesdropping on conversations? Newspaper?
Stories come to me as archetypal images that slam onto the white screen of my mind and scream for attention, generating a rhythm and pulse as I put words to paper and allow for the unfolding of dramatic fiction as was startlingly clear in the haunted image of the crazed and evil Archbishop Anarch and the young warrior-healer medicine woman, Claire Sanchez in The Unholy .
Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
The overall life and process of being a published author for me is one of integrating both writing and pr, both aspects integral to who I am as a writer, so it isn’t difficult because there is no juggling only living the life of a writer and expressing myself in a given moment in a given venue.
What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Whether a writer is self publishing or using a traditional publisher, what matters is that she or he constantly stay with the life of being a writer and all that that means, not give up, constantly put one foot in front of the other and write and live on!
Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love time with my wife, Kate, and my grown children and their spouses, and my new granddaughter who is about to be borne! Creative process for me is birthed out of relationships lived creatively and to the best of my ability.
Who or what inspires you when your creative mojo is lagging?
The problem is never that my creative mojo lags; it’s more about regulating the mojo so that it doesn’t completely possess my energies as often threatened during the writing of The Unholy when nightmarish images, soon to be set to paper, haunted my dreams and waking life!
Who is your Yoda—your seasoned mentor?
My seasoned mentors (there is more than one) are a sacred trinity of deceased gothic writers H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, and Arthur Machen. They lean over my shoulder, whisper in my ear words of inspiration and dark magic! It’s quite a scintillating psychic process.
What person would you like to thank for inspiring you in your writing aspirations? How did this person help you?
Kate, my wife, guided me to move from writing inspirational depth psychology to dramatic dark fiction since story can inform and inspire in a way that is much deeper than nonfiction since it moves directly past the defenses of the ego and into the deep unconscious mind where things sizzle, percolate, and are transformed!
Have you ever used songs for inspiration?
Right now as I’m writing, the blues is playing….Love Me With A Feeling…it’s what I usually right to…the blues…because it hits at the core of human existence…tragedy, triumph, realms of wondering and spirit and night frights and ghosts aplenty that haunt life and love.
June 6, 2015
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Archbishop William Anarch, the antagonist of The Unholy, craves spiritual power the way a rabid wolf hunts the next victim. He will destroy whoever is in his way. The man knows no bounds. He is the personification of religion gone crazy bad. When he steps into a church, ascends the pulpit, everyone is mesmerized. The Almighty has chosen him, he believes, to rule over the people of the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan. A young woman, unknowing of her psychic abilities, stands in his way. It is his mission to find her, dispose of her, so he can assume the dark throne of total religious power. He is a truly evil man who targets women, one woman in particular his equal and a threat.
Claire Sanchez, a twenty-five year old, healer witnessed the murder of her mother in the darkness of a forest. A full moon night and the howling of a mother killed by a black-robed man haunts her dreams. Nightmares speak to Claire of her path in life. She must come to terms with her fears or forever be haunted by the ghosts of her past.
Francesca, an old medicine woman and spiritual guide, mediates between the worlds of the visible and invisible. It is up to her to give enough without giving too much. Claire, The Unholy's protagonist, loves Francesca and seeks her wisdom. What Francesca tells her determines Claire’s destiny and Francesca’s own dramatic unfolding.
June 3, 2015
The Unholy with Writopia...New Words
abuelita – granny (Spanish)
arroyas – streams
banco – bench (Spanish)
chamisa – a saltbush of the western U.S. and Mexico, having grayish, scurfy foliage.
columbine – a plant, Aquilegia caerula, of the buttercup family, having showy flowers with white petals and white to blue sepals that form long, backward spurs
concomitant – existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent
mantillas – silk or lace headscarves arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders, worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.
mija – dear (Spanish)
kiva – a large chamber, often wholly or partly underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes
mestizo – of mixed race
querida – dear, lover (Spanish)