Thursday, May 22, 2014

@LisaBelcastro19 on Conflict, Writing & Therapy #Romance #Christian #BookClub

Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy

Any good story has conflict, often many conflicts. Can you tell me of a life – real or fictional – that doesn’t have conflict? I’ve found that I can use the joys and triumphs in my life as well as the struggles and pain. When a character is caught in the midst of a challenge, I reflect on my own life, either something from the past or a present problem, and I pour out my emotions into my character’s point of view.

I’ve worked through trials with my children, a fight with my husband, the death of a friend, a girlfriend’s breast cancer, and much more. I can’t write away every source of pain, but I can work through it vicariously in a character. It’s great way to let go!

One of my dearest friends writes murder mysteries. If a landscaper does a job poorly, he might turn up dead in her next novel. A magazine editor, who refused to publish reviews on any of her books, suffered pain and humiliation as a character in one of her mysteries. As authors, we can write out our frustrations and often resolve issues, sometimes with a bit of chuckles and merriment.

The same is true of wonderful memories and experiences. I’ve inserted family vacations, day trips, and memories into my stories too. And I love re-living magical moments with my children, family and friends as my characters experience something similar in their fictional lives. 
Could this all be a bad dream? How was she to know? Rebecca had far more questions than answers. Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard The last thing sixth-grade teacher Rebecca O’Neill wants to do during the final week of her summer break is chaperone twenty-five kids on a six-night, seven-day trip aboard the schooner Shenandoah. But after a desperate phone call from the school principal, she doesn’t have a choice.

Worse, the ship is rumored to be ‘haunted.’ Five years ago, during the Holmes Hole student cruise, teacher Melissa Smith complained about hearing voices and seeing visions, then disappeared without a trace-from the very same cabin where Rebecca will be staying. Everything seems normal on Sunday as Rebecca boards the impressive Shenandoah. But as she sits in Cabin 8, she hears hushed voices that don’t sound like they’re from this century.

Mike, a crewmember, insists he believes the crazy Island story that Melissa time-traveled to Colonial Boston. His eerie interest in constantly tracking Rebecca’s whereabouts rattles her nerves. Her first night onboard, Rebecca drifts off to sleep…and wakes the following morning with memories of a secretive conversation about a battle with Britain.

Monday night Rebecca crawls into her bunk after an adventurous day of sailing, swimming, and overseeing students. She’s startled awake when a man grabs her and yells, ‘Stowaway!’ Dragged in front of Captain Benjamin Reed, she looks up into the most gorgeous brown eyes she’s ever seen….

A Vineyard Romance. Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series. Book 1, Winds of Change.

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Genre - Romance, Christian
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