A Broken and Damaged Heroine
Much has been made of the strong heroine and a broken and damaged hero. Many bad boys have been brought around by a strong woman. In the book I just signed a contract for, A Balancing Act, I reversed that.
My heroine, Nora, has parents who owned a circus in the late 1800s. And, while she’s a star bareback rider, there is no real love in that family. When she loses her leg in an accident, they abandon her. It takes a young surgeon, John, to defy convention about getting too involved with his patients, to help her out.
Being confined to a wheelchair myself, I understand her feelings of hopelessness. But needing a HEA, she overcomes the disability with the help of her doctor and his family.
Sometimes writing about something that is close to your situation helps you get through your own problems and depression. Writing has always done that for me. If it wasn’t for the worlds I create, I’d probably be in worse shape than I am. Fortunately, I have support from my family and friends. I was very lucky to have my husband, Mark. He has become my caretaker for things I can no longer do. Appreciate everything, you never know when or if it will all be taken away.
Have you ever written about your own situation?
If you ever encounter a problem in your life, try dealng with it through your writing.
Ilona Fridl grew up in Southern California where she took Journalism and Creative Writing in school. She moved to Wisconsin with her parents and met her husband, Mark. An adult daughter and granddaughter are the light of her life, along with writing stories. Soon to be eight books out.
Web page: http://www.ilonafridl.com
A Sacrificial Matter
This is a great Halloween read!
A naked man in a graveyard… Detectives Amos and Sarah Darcy have dealt with quite a few unusual mysteries, but who cut down the naked man in the graveyard with a broadsword at midnight? When Sheriff Sam Lindsey calls on them to help solve the murder, Sarah risks her life to go undercover into a world of spiritualism and crime to find the murderer and the motive.
Around two ‘o clock that afternoon, Sam came in to see them. “Well, we know who the man is. He was identified by his wife and brother. He’s Abner Wells and works as a bookkeeping clerk at First National Bank.”
Amos stroked his mustache. “That doesn’t sound like a wild-eyed pagan to me. Did you get a chance to question his wife?”
“She’s Lidia and was quite upset as you may guess. I asked her if she knew about the spiritualist group and she didn’t know anything about it.”
“How about his brother?”
“His brother is Calvin Wells. He’s a liner captain working for a passenger company and he said he never heard of a group like that.”
Sarah was silent for a moment. “It’s possible she’s covering up something. Seems to me if a model citizen was involved in a group like that, they wouldn’t want it general knowledge what they were doing.”
Sam glanced at her. “You may be right. I’m going to the bank to question people who knew Wells there. Since you’re doing all this research on spiritualism, could you find a way to get into one of these groups?”
Sarah thought for a moment. “Maybe it would be better for me to work undercover. Amos would still be well known in the community.”
Amos studied her. “As long as they don’t try to sacrifice you. Then I will have something to say.”
“I could disguise myself. Kata could help me with that.” Her cousin worked in costuming at the Golden North theater.
Sam nodded. “If you do, keep me informed of where you go and what you do. That way we can keep an eye on you.”
Sarah sobered. “Yes, we know it can be dangerous, don’t we?”