15 September 2008

Near-death Experiences and new horizons


I've always wondered where people go when they take that trip down the tunnel of light, only to get snatched back by the fickle hand of fate and come screaming back into a body that might be broken beyond all repair. Unlike the scientific community who believes the lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) causes the same effect experienced by pilots under G-forces, I think the soul goes on a little Aussie-inspired walk-about in some heavenly sector of space.

This idea plagued me for so long, that the first novel I'd ever written was based on what would happen if two women who lived 1000 miles apart died at the same time, traveled down the tunnel and were spit out in the after-life. The first attempt was, I must say, on par with most attempts by first-time writers - horribly lacking in in those small things that make a book sing - like voice and plot and logic.

And so it became my very first drawer dweller. *intro meloncholy tune*

Years past, and I learned more about craft and how to actually pull a story together. Make it topical and *gasp* readable. I ditched a character. Took the boyfriend of one character and gave him the job of the character I cut and moved him 1000 miles away to be the stepbrother of another character. Confused? Keep reading and you won't be.

By A Silken Thread by MK Mancos

Two women…linked by one deadly memory.

On an ice-encrusted road in New Jersey, Tara Johanan loses control of her car and drives off an embankment. At the same moment in Palmetto Springs, Florida, in an unwitnessed attack, Charlotte Durand is shot in the head and left for dead.

Both women die. Both return. But near-death experiences are not always straightforward. Tara woke with the voice and memories of a comatose woman in her head. And remembers a shooting she never witnessed.

Telling the family a loved one is the victim of a violent crime is the worst part of the job for Detective Marcus Danforth. When his stepsister is the victim, and the loved ones his family and best friend, it’s crippling. He’ll do anything to uncover the mystery of Charlotte’s shooting.

Believing the story of a beautiful accident victim may be too much for him—even in the face of overwhelming desire. Even as the shadows of death grow darker.

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It releases on Sept. 25th from Samhain Publishing.

Happy Reading!

-Kat
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