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September 20, 2014
"His skull pain pounding like a hammer in a steel drum, shooting sparks of reds and yellows and green through the midnight black canvas of his mind, made him feel like a fetus writhing in the womb of a dead woman." In The Unholy, Archbishop Anarch twists and squirms, torment and rage seeking release. He needs to decide!
A recent news article entitled WHY POPE FRANCIS PROTECTS PEDOPHILES comments, "Most of the priesthood’s sexual abuse of children and subsequent cover-up happened before Pope Francis began his reign. This case, where the allegation is that Francis made a decision that directly contradicts the “new” Church policy to report pedophile priests to secular criminal justice authorities, will be a public test of the Pope’s determination to clean up the mess he inherited."
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Conflict plagues corridors of the dark side of religion. What matters is the twisting and squirming, trying to find release. Everything has to get back to normal. Archbishop Anarch craves to return to the composure and peace of unquestioned power. The dark side of religion twists and squirms, screams for release!
September 19, 2014
Where are you from?
I am from New Mexico. In The Unholy, New Mexico is the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan where a young curandera fights a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. I grew up living and breathing the mysticism of the land. It is this that has been translated into the paranormal---The Unholy.
Tell us your latest news?
I am thrilled to be moving in virtual reality representing The Unholy. The responses I have received regarding this supernatural thriller have been quite emotional. Many have expressed that their emotional and spiritual lives have been revolutionized by The Unholy.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I finished my Ph.D. in depth psychology and spirituality thirty-two years ago. My wife, Kate, encouraged me to set my pen to fiction and dramatize my clinical experience in treating survivors of the dark side of religion. The Unholy gets into the nitty-gritty of religious abuse, the power of the church, and a woman’s struggle to find herself in the midst of great darkness.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
You know, even as a kid I felt I had words in me that wanted to make their way to the page. I knew I was a psychologist and I came to see that I was also a writer. I’ve published three books in psychology and spirituality before I wrote the gripping tale of The Unholy.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Helping people to find healing has always been my prime motivator to write. In The Unholy, folks come face to face with the dark side of religion. Religion gone bad scathes people. The story of The Unholy dramatizes that religious demons that must be faced and exorcised lest a person forever try to run from the ghosts that inevitably haunt life and mind.
What would you like my readers to know?
I am so excited that you will hopefully consider reading The Unholy. Then, if you get a chance email me and let me know how the terrifying tale of The Unholy got into your mind and soul and changed things around. Give The Unholy a like on facebook (theunholy.deblassie). I’d appreciate it, and I also appreciate the opportunity for The Unholy to have been hosted by the Deal Sharing Aunt.
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September 18, 2014
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September 17, 2014
Sizzling Book Blog Tour....
The Unholy Excerpt
“Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.
Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room.
Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.
Turning toward the window, Claire say a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.
All but two flew off, disappearing into the pinon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.
Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.
The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.
The crows waited, watched, and then flew away.
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September 16, 2014
Room With Books Interview and Tour
What is your favorite breakfast?
Huevos Rancheros that my wife, Kate, makes with New Mexico green chile is my all time favorite breakfast.
What is your favorite color?
Blue is my definite favorite color as it is the shade and tone of all things healing and reminds me of the New Mexico sky (Aztlan in The Unholy)
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie right at this second is the one I just saw a few days ago—Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight!
What is your dream car?
I am driving my dream car, the BMW I have right now that takes me where I want to and need to go in daily life and shows up in dreams as my sense of self projected into the world.
September 15, 2014
Room With Books Interview and Tour....
If you could write with any other author who would it be?
I’d write with Raymond Carver since he has a succinct way of not only crafting prose but moving into the heart of people and relationships so as to expose the underside of what seems sunny and bright.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer, felt it in me, the pulse and pull to set words to paper so as to express hidden horrors and let the demons be exorcised into a piece of dramatic fiction such as in The Unholy.
What prompted you to finally begin writing?
I started writing out of my Ph.D. program, publishing three books in psychology and spirituality before moving into paranormal thriller, the first of which is The Unholy. A deep and abiding instinct propelled me to write each day and let the fires of inspiration burn bright.
September 11, 2014
As I continue on my promotion adventure, there's a whimsical interview at Book Bunny PR
. Some of the Q&A are here and more can be found at the Book Bunny site. (more…)
September 9, 2014
Promote Horror Book Tour and The Making of A Horror Writer:
The narrative of The Unholy twists and turns and sets the top of the head on fire. Vivid imagery of landscape and dark places of soul usher the reader into hair-raising predicaments. Excitement pulses as Claire Sanchez finally discovers the reality of evil cloaked in religion. The reader keeps reading to find out how and if she’s going to make it.
For over thirty-two years I’ve treated survivors of the dark side of religion. The Unholy is a fantastical rendition of the stories of countless souls I’ve treated who’ve been caught in the grip of toxic religion and discovered that destiny is both healer and slayer. The symbols and images in The Unholy have arisen out of the dreams of myself and patients who have fought through the battle facing Claire Sanchez, the novel’s protagonist.
Claire Sanchez, 25 year old medicine woman, curandera, is a young woman who has lost her mother when she was five years old, witnessed her murder at the hands of a black robed man. She is a woman of tremendous courage and resolve. Fear tries to get her by the throat and squeeze the life out of her. There are so many times that she fought not to give up, to surrender to despair. I find her so human here, the draw to give up and make oneself disappear when confronted with evil. Evil, the real thing, can be so overwhelming, big and mysterious, and appear to be way out of our influence or control. She is one person, a very young and inexperienced person at that, up against a veritable force not only of society but of nature gone bad. To feel the odds stacked against you and yet know that you can’t be true to yourself, to your life, and to go on with life without getting answers and doing what you need to do to find those answers, no matter what, is sheer inspiration. Courage is courage only when it is face to face with one bad ass enemy…Archbishop William Anarch! If she dies then she knows that she has done what she has needed to do. Death is a real possibility for her. She knows this and yet has to risk it in order to be true to herself as a woman. To risk everything, life itself, in order to be true to self…that is courage and this is a lesson to be learned.
September 8, 2014
Bluebell Book Interview and Tour:
"One of the most terrifying things about being a writer is that if I’m going to write a true story that resonates with my audience I have to live it out. It has to have been a part of my life. Since I write thrillers and dark fantasy, that means that dark forces that have been at play in my life or are presently in the works can be quite overwhelming. This is not a hands off enterprise. Writing cuts to the core of my life and life experience, relationships, profession, dream, and nightmares. If I could only research stuff from a distance and then write in a compelling way about that, that would be one thing; but as it is I have to live this out. The story is a living breathing thing within my life before it hits the page, and then once its on the page, and then on from there.
The Unholy is about terrifying religious encounters. This is something that I was raised with, fought my own battles about, treated people for clinically, and finally found that I was smack dab in the middle of writing a story that could not be stopped. It had to come out. Frightening, very frightening to live this close to one’s work. There were times that it effected my family, and I had to wonder whether I should withdraw; but we all talked and I had their support. I have it now. The arms of creativity stretch long and influence oneself and others who are in the emotional and psychic vortex of one’s existence. The energy, the psychological amalgam, of this is so intense and persuasive that nothing short of challenging and amazing can be said to even faintly describe it."
September 7, 2014
Damnation American Style: How American Preachers Reinvented Hell (Salon.com 9.6.2014) ended the essay on a note of hope “...those individuals who were, upon this occasion, assembled in the chambers of death, continued silent, they tacitly consented that the Heretic, if in her power, should soothe the agonized mind of their departing friend, nay their countenances were descriptive of approbation.” To Judith, even these non-Universalists seemed to concede the comforting power of the “heretical” idea that all might be saved."
The notion of hope, sans hell, has troubled religious folk down through the centuries. It is as if hell has a place within the human heart and demands expression. As a psychotherapist, I can't help but understand this in the light of power and control. If one person or religion has it right and everyone else is wrong and goes to hell, that is one hell of a lot of power!
Perhaps, of greater concern is the fact that no one of us really knows what's coming around the bend of that great encounter we call death. Power and control and judgment and fury and hell and damnation maniacally mask the truth that we don't really know. In the chamber of death, as the essay reported, the most we seek is soothing and loving presence as the great beyond calls us on.