Every creative person has a dark side to them. It is an important characteristic, because it adds the flavor to our projects.
In my novel 'Always', I take the reader on a journey into my dark side in Chapters 4 and 5. There is a reason for my madness. These two chapters look at the emotional trauma of losing loved ones. They are followed by two chapters of life on the Other Side. Once a reader has read these 4 chapters, they are emotionally involved with my characters. They need to know what will happen next, and next, and next to the end of the book.
Many people don't like the way this is set up, sending the reader out of the present to the past. But it works great for this novel. My son, whom I respect greatly, told me these two chapters were the most depressing chapters he's read. I had to encourage him to go on, because once out of the depression, the book is a wonderful look at the main characters' and their friends' lives. Don't think there isn't more tears later in this book. There are, but none as bad as these two chapters of darkness. This novel is no different than real life, following the roller coaster of ups and downs for all of us.
I love history, so it should surprise no one that I wrote these chapters based on a historical event - the 2nd time the Plague arrived in Britain and the devastation that followed.
Please take a look at my dark side by clicking the Tab 'Always'. I have chosen select passages for your reading,