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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
May 23, 2015
Interview with the author of The Unholy
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee in the morning, tea afternoon and evening so as to start the day with a kick and keep on going with a nice hum so as to write dark tales of desperation and hope within the human soul.
White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Very dark chocolate is my passion as it kindles feelings of mischief for my upcoming thriller, Dark Goddess.
What is your favourite colour?
Dark blue is the color of Hermes god of the crossroads and startling realizations such as those within the The Unholy
Winter or Summer?
Autumn is the time for me as the setting of The Unholy
, a seasonal shift, a flux between realms outside of time and space.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Iíve totally tapped into a superpower of mesmerizing storytelling that gets into your dreams and from the deep unconscious makes mind rumble, roll, and be transmogrified.
If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
I am totally content and wild-eyed to be me as I find myself having my hands full with everything that comes into my head, heart, and soulÖall part of the tapestry of an ever evolving life and creative expression.
What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? I never leave home without a kiss from, an image of, and passion kindled for Kate, my creative muse and intimate partner of nearly forty years.
Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)?
I love virtual reality as I find it taps into unconscious and archetypal energy streams in a life changing way through information transmission and
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?
Babadook stole the scene in terms of horrific surprises, a twisted narrative, and chills that tore up the spine and left the mind reeling. Pure enjoyment froths up from horror as whatís bad is kept on the big screen and worked out safely on the inner screen of mind and imagination.
May 20, 2015
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
and all of its characters is based on a compilation of real life folks and events. Theyíre woven so that identities are veiled and situations layered over by phantasmagoric settings and supernatural thrills and chills.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
The cover popped into my head. I had the image. The aritist designed it based on what I described. Itís The Devilís Throne, a actual place in the desert along the Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
The Devilís Throne on the front cover is the central place of ritualistic murders. An evil archbishop goes there, does what he does, and the realm is unhallowed, foul. It is a dark inspiration that generated the phantasmic reality of this cover.
Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
Always I write stream of consciousness. As an American psychologist, William James, the father of American depth psychology, is my primary psychological forebear. He taught stream of consciousness. I rely on it for creative mobility and definition.
Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? I
f you feel the urge to write, do it, never give up, and youíll eventually see yourself where you want to and need to be
May 16, 2015
What inspired you to start writing, and when?
Iíve been hitting the page running for over thirty years. Psychology, the paranormal, and transformation are themes in my work. The Unholy
is the first of my paranormal thrillers and delves into the dark side of religion, what I treat daily in intensive psychotherapy.
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news right at this instant is that Iím thrilled to be interviewed by you. Getting the word out about The Unholy
is a thrill. Readers dip into my mind a bit and there discover inner machinations of supernatural titillation, dark fantasy, and archetypal sensitivities.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
The Unholy exposes the dark side of religion. Itís about the horror behind the ostensible sanctity. Thereís a black-cloaked coyote behind the pure and white innocence of clerical clothing. Without a doubt, The Unholy takes us on a religious ride of ups and downs and inside outs that end up with a young medicine woman knowing that she has to face her fears or forever fight the ghosts.
How long did it take you to complete?
was in process for over ten years. Jim Smith at Sunstone Press in Santa Fe caught on to the narrative, quick. He said ďLetís go with this. Iím excited.Ē And, voila, here we are with a paranormal thriller set in the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan, a phantasmagoric reference to New Mexico!
May 13, 2015
"The theme of the novel is pretty basic, good vs. evil. But the author takes that theme, twists it around, comes up with intriguing characters who often walk the balance between right and wrong, and takes things to a whole new level. Thereís action, suspense, a hint of romance, and definitely enough darkness to share around in this book. The writing style is very descriptive, almost poetic. Intruiging."- Majanka, I Heart Reading
"A new take on the classic good versus evil, The Unholy is well written and will leave you wanting more. I was intrigued by the native lore that was used to develop the story, and also on how strong of a hold the Archbishop has on the people of the town Ė his fear and power is overwhelming. I really enjoyed the story and how the characters prepared for what was to come."-Tracee, Review From Here
"This is really a very good read but I have to warn you itís really dark. It reminded me of watching a movie where it is overcast, gloomy, a bit foggy and there are crows and ravens around. Well this had all that plus a psychiatric hospital, ancient and mystical powers, a cult, and unknown forces at work. There is a sinister feeling that hangs over you as you read through this captivating story. It is really well written and so vivid, I had such a clear sense of where this all took place. The characters were very well done. The evil person is really dark and warped and creepy. As I said this is quite a dark story but it is well told and a really good read. The very first chapter draws you into this story and will keep you reading to see whether good or evil wins. I definitely recommend it."-Maggie Thom,
May 9, 2015
Secrets can tear families apart. Secrets can ruin lives. Secrets can also lead us into dark places where buried potentials lie waiting for us to unearth them and discover life changing realities. The following moving comment was posted in response to my blogs about The Unholy
. The author graciously gave me permission to post it. It's about terrible secrets and life forever unfolding.
"As a watercolour/pastel artist I appreciate the pictures for The Unholy
, beautiful. I also have an understanding of the Dark Side. I travelled the world with my job in international finance, exporting and importing. My haven/refuge was trekking through the Sinai on a camel with a Bedouin family. There is a peace under the star filled night skies of a desert that smooth's the wrinkles from the most crumpled heart. I left behind a picturesque village in England that kept hidden a most terrible secret which I overheard from my open bedroom window one summer evening, I was around 10 years old. That night I vowed to leave a village where my ancestors reached back 600 years. I wonder sometimes what my life would have been had I not overheard the village secret."
May 6, 2015
The stronger the character in terms of capacity for both love and rage the more compelling they are and it is in this that the true character is birthed. Love and rage are in essence the nests in which the characters are cared for and nourished and then allowed to fly free. In The Unholy
I had to dip into my own capacity for primal feelings of love and rage in order to discover that aspect of myself that is like the character, has been like or felt like the character feels in the situation. Itís critical to always allow this to move the story forward and not get stuck by over thinking the character, to just hit and go into the emotional life of the character and let the character then tell me what he or she wants to express.
The rage in particular can be horrifying because of our human capacity to inflict injury on others or society. To then express this on the page leaves me feeling vulnerable yet also true to myself within this dimension of storytelling. Itís mind boggling for me to experience the rage of the character and what the character like Archbishop William Anarch in The Unholy
wants to do and does to innocent human beings. Claire Sanchez, the medicine woman, on the other hand needs to find rage, a healthy aggression, that has gone awry in Anarch, and only by doing this, if she can, will she potentially be able to discover the strength to fight the powerful archbishop.
May 2, 2015
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Iíve already met the great writers that mean so much to me. The old gothic masters, H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, and Arthur Machen, stood over my shoulders as I wrote The Unholy
, set pen to pad. They whisper, I listen, the story is told.
How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
The absolute most favorite things I do is spend time with Kate, my literary muse and daily companion for nearly forty years. She and I talk, walk, do yoga, movies, music, art. Itís a surreal experience to love and be loved, the bubbling source of creative mojo for The Unholy and all the supernatural thrillers right around the next literary corner.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
Itís Dark Goddess, a paranormal thriller of love and whether bad love is better than no love. A woman struggles with magical realities that lead her to a life changing discovery. As a thriller it tears through the veil of denial and jettisons us into the heart of fear, desire, and the nature of love.
April 29, 2015
What makes you feel inspired to write?
Every day I hit the page running. With The Unholy
, Iíd rise at 3:45 a.m., write, then go for a run, and then off to a full day of seeing patients. I treat adults healing from the ravages of the dark side of religion. Their suffering and their transformation inspired The Unholy
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is the last one. Here we have the culmination of painful searching, hope and its result. There is no question that in this final scene things come together in a way satisfying and completely unexpected.
What is your usual writing routine?
When I write I enter into a ritual. Itís automatic and has to do with how I arrange fetishes on my desk. They are protective and guiding numinous energies. I do what I do with them, conjure the energy, then hit the page with wild energy and write!
April 25, 2015
In The Unholy
ideas come from the deep repository of the collective unconscious mind that inspires images and symbols during the fantasies of waking life and during dreams and nightmares. Mainly, itís the nightmare stuff that bodes best for writing psychological thrillers and dark fantasy such as is in The Unholy
When I wake up in a cold sweat with the characters of the novels threatening me (I remember when Archbishop William Anarch, sinister prelate in The Unholy
tormented me for nights on end, demanding that I not write the story) thatís when I know that real inspiration is flowing and that to listen to it and follow the images and symbols that emerge from my deep, unconscious mind during sleep and during the reverie of writing the story will end up in the development of spine tingling realities that jettison both me as the writer and the reader into phantasmagoric realms that have a way of shaking up conscious mindsets and get our heads blown out in a very, very unsettling but ultimately useful way.
My writing, including The Unholy
, comes from an inner place of torment that needs to be let out so it can be set right. When mind stuff is set right inside me I can feel it by sensing a quality of being at peace, that Iíve written to the best of my ability and been true to the deep, archetypal energies swirling through my mind during the narrative. It really is a trip to listen to ideas, let them become images, and suddenly have them take over a page. Itís like the pages catch fire and everyone has come to life and things become disorderly, fraught with conflict, and danger looms.
April 22, 2015
comes out of over thirty years of treating patients in psychotherapy who are survivors of the dark side of religionÖhave been used and abused and cast to the side. Iíve seen that when this happens people, those around the victim, to include family and friends, often turn a blind eye and deny what has happened. Rather than writing a self help book I decided to approach this realm of human suffering in fiction.
To tell a story moves the reader into a deep and unconscious dimension that bypasses conscious defenses, leaving us open to truths that otherwise would be blocked. So, dramatizing the dark side of religion, pulling what can be the most vile and evil, and pivoting it against an innocent and sincerely searching soul leaves the reader on edge, hopeful, but unsure as to what will happen and who in the end will surviveÖa truth conveyed symbolically and dramatically. To have written out a list of what to do or not to do in the midst of religious abuse might have helped some individuals, but would have left many people stone cold because there is no emotion is such guidance.
In The Unholy
, the story is pure emotion, fear and rage and hope and challenge, that inspires and frightens and causes us to stay up late at night in order to finish the story. Dream and chronic nightmares plagues people whoíve gone through the horror of being abused within a religious system. It could be emotional, spiritual, physical, or sexual torment---or all of the above---a true encounter with the unholy---that people undergo during childhood or adolescence or adulthood. They become anxious, depressed, or suffer a terrible emotional breakdown. Iíve treated them, helped them, and they helped to inspire the story of The Unholy