From the outside Kerry Smithson appeared to have it all, beauty, brains, money, and fame. However, inside Kerry harbored a crippling secret. Blinding pain and mind numbing visions had become a way of life, which she suffered in silence. She’d become adept at avoiding even the lightest of touches, no matter what the cost. However, her world is turned upside down from the moment she encounters the disarmingly handsome Dante. Little does she know that Dante harbors a secret of his own. One that would change the course of their lives and intertwine their fates, forever.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ebook of Superstitions Desire – to one lucky winner.
Schizophrenia and the Writer; or What’s that pervert doing behind the tree?
by Lisa M. Campbell
E.L. Doctorow once said, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” As a reader, I never understood. Now, as a writer, I agree with part of that quote, as I tend to live inside my head more often than not. I’m just not certain the way I go about the writing process is socially acceptable.
Merriam-Webster dictionary describes schizophrenia as “a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life.”
In the beginning, I had a problem with Doctorow’s assertion until I dissected this statement and realized his quote wasn’t too far off the mark. After all, those of us who write fiction, and romance in particular, spend a lot of time shaping characters, situations, and places in our imagination, agonizing over their fictional lives for days, months and sometimes years.
Now, before you shake your head in complete denial, check your concentration level the next time you study a couple sharing a passionate kiss. Ask yourself this question. Were you a bit more interested in cataloging hand and lip placement for the upcoming first kiss scene in your manuscript, rather than giving the couple a passing glance? Uh-huh, thought so. Now that I have your attention, ask yourself another question. Do you find yourself falling off chairs, or skulking around corners to eavesdrop on private conversations for the sake of character development? What interests you more, the topic of the discussion, or the emotions behind it? If you have answered at least one of these questions, you, my fellow writer, are completely uninvolved within your external environment. Mmm-hmm… shocking, is it not?
A solitary person, I shy away from such behaviors in my un-writing life, and yet, I have no problem indulging in these dubious traits for the sake of my story. Therefore, I can safely assume this is writer’s schizophrenia taking over. Now what, you may ask? Well, the next step should be admitting there is a problem, and finding a solution to correct the behavior before you wind up in an arraignment hearing.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to pin down such inappropriate actions if you’re unaware of them. Enlisting the aid of family and friends is a proactive first step, though I have to admit my own husband isn’t always useful in certain circumstances. He’s a great help positioning himself between my subjects and me when he sees I’m sidling closer to a group, notepad at the ready, to record outbursts and the like. However, he’s more than eager to parse a few love scenes when I want to confirm positions or pacing. In this instance, he supports my schizophrenia one hundred percent—and in the end that is all any of us wants; one special someone who understands, accepts, and supports the schizophrenic side of a writer’s life.
Contest Time! Lisa has graciously offered to give away an ebook of either Superstition’s Desire – to one lucky winner. All you have to do is answer this question: Have you ever thought you’ve seen a character in real life and had to do a double take? Who would you love to catch walking down the street?
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