Monday, April 13, 2015
There must be stormsCan you imagine living in an area where it never rains? No storm clouds ever blot out the sun? Each dawn perfect. You could plan your picnic not concerned about the weather. No, mud no fuss. Children could play outside with no worry about lighting. No windstorms. Nothing to trouble you or your family.Everything would be great…for a while. Soon flowers and other plants would begin dying. Sources of water would diminish and then dry up. Instead of life being ideal, it would become a struggle to survive.The landscape would become a desert where no human could live on a permanent basis.Some years ago an individual in the publishing industry stated she didn’t like the fact that someone was murdered in one of my books. Yet in each Christian’s life, there are storms. Times of conflict, strife and problems. It is how we deal with these tribulations that defines us as believers.So a novel must have conflicts. These struggles may be as minor as a person’s everyday life or as immense as the death of a loved one or a person’s own life in jeopardy.
Friday, March 13, 2015
River of Fire
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was absolutely wonderful. It is the story of a school teacher ... July 7, 2014
By Ann Ferri
I just finished reading River of Fire, it was absolutely wonderful. It is the story of a school teacher and a preacher and it has everything people look for in a book. Mystery, lies, love, heartbreak and murder. I will be rereading this book and hoping for a sequel. If you are looking for a good christian fiction book River of Fire is it, you won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Darrell Case's books. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review, as a matter of fact I just bought the kindle version. Yes it was that good!
Monday, February 23, 2015
The D C Killer is hiding… in the White House.
Jerold Robbins is handsome, rich President of the United States and a Serial Killer. Eighteen women have been found floating in the Potomac. Their bodies slashed and weighted down with concrete blocks. Then the killing stops. Law enforcement speculates the killer is dead or incarcerated. The D C Killer is imprisoned –in the White House. The secret service has no idea they are protecting a monster. In office, Robbins establishes a network of assassins killing individuals across America.
Pressured to investigate FBI director Tony Steel assigns Alison Stevens to the case. Alison is fleeing her own demons dogged by the memories of her murdered family. Too close to the truth, Alison is framed for murder. Now she must elude the law and the assassin. She fights to survive clear her name and bring Robbins to justice.
Deadly Justice to be published March 2015
Deadly Justice to be published March 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Creating believable villains
We have all seen movies where the villain is unbelievable. Perhaps its poor acting ability. Or possibly the writer didn’t convey it correctly on the script. Sometimes it is the fault of the other actors. Maybe the director was inexperienced. Whatever the problem is the film is destroyed and the audience disappointed. Also the actors, director and the movie company receives a bad reputation.
As writers, we have a responsibility to our readers to make every character realistic. Therefore we must ask ourselves what makes him or her a bad person? How did they become this way. They didn’t come out of the womb as a villain. What kind of childhood did they have? Was there something in their upbringing that changed their life? Where they the bully or the bullied?
Do they have any redeeming qualities? Are they kind to children and animals? Are they married and have a loving family? Are their friends and neighbors shocked when their secret life is exposed?
If we as writers are able to create lifelike characters, we must ask ourselves these questions.
This kind of writing is not easy. It takes extra effort and time. It is, however, rewarding for us and our readers.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Is it too late?
We have a tenancy to believe when a person reaches a certain age they are useless. They are no longer productive. Consequently in their field of expertise they should retire and let a younger person take their place.
Yet in the field of creativity,
many have not reached their peak until older age. A good example is Frank McCourt, who passed in 2009.
Frank didn’t publish his first book until he was 66 years old. After Angela’s Ashes, he went on to win the Pulitzer, National Book Critics Circle Award, and L.A. Times
Book Award. “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind
is a palace.”
Can we imagine a world without Little
House on the Prairie Yet Laura Ingalls Wilder was 64 when she put pen to paper. The
result was Little House In The Big Woods. Her books are still in print
and among some of best sellers in children’s books and been translated into forty languages. “The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be
honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple
pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Bram Stoker was 50 years old when he wrote Dracula. He went on to write seven more novels before his death at age of 64.
Mary Wesley didn’t publish her first novel until she was in her seventies. By the time of her death at 90 her books sells were in the millions.
“Looking back, I understand that I was teaching myself to write”.