Sins of the Father
by Lisa Beth Darling
GENRE: Family centered drama
As Hannah recovers from emergency brain and heart surgery, memories of the past overtake her dreams with such clarity they cannot be denied. As the last of the painful family secrets come to light it’s up to her brother, Doctor Richard Mason, and his unconventional methods to help her confront the ugliness.
“If this doesn’t work, she should sue you.” Spaulding intoned as he turned on the hall light and advised Mason of the room’s layout. “Ok, look, the room is sort of ‘U’ shaped, the bed is in the middle of the room, Sister Cynthia built a fire in the hearth at the foot of the bed and there’s a chair in a corner that’s out of the way.”
“Good. You wait until I start to walk in. You come in right behind me and get to the chair. Try not to let her see you.”
“Oh, of course,” Spaulding said in a mocking tone, “we wouldn’t want her to think there was someone there to actually help her.”
“Exactly.” Mason returned in a deadpan voice. “There never was so why should there be now?” He fiddled with the tie at his neck, smoothed his hair back one more time before putting the pipe to his lips and lighting it. He stoked it hard filling the area with thick sweet smoke. “Show time.”
Hannah was in a light doze on the bed when the door opened.
The room was glowing a soft red/orange and she could only see the silhouette of someone standing in the doorway with the hall light behind them. It looked like a man, he had a cane in one hand and…
A swirl of sweet smoke came from his mouth and drifted toward the ceiling as it wafted into the room.
“What’r you doin’, girl?”
Part of her told her that he was dead….buried….long fuckin’ gone. The other part told her she couldn’t deny her own eyes and ears. It reminded her that she hadn’t gone to his funeral, hadn’t seen his dead body, and watched it lowered into the cold, cold, ground. Maybe they lied to her. Maybe he was alive and coming into her room. “Tttt…tired, Daddy.” Hannah pulled the covers all the way up to her chin as she watched him make his way into the room. “I—I—I, don’t…feel…well. Sick.”
“Lazy’s more like it, ain’t that right, girl?”
Interview with the Author:
- How long have you been writing?
All things considered, roughly 42 years.
- How long have you been a published author?
I was first published in high school and that was 32 years ago.
3. What titles do you have available?
The Heart of War
Child of War-A God is Born
Christmas Eve on Olympus
Child of War-Rising Son
Women of War
Kingdoms of War
OF WAR Complete Series
Sins of the Father
On a Hot Summer Night
Cold November Rain
Regret Me Not
The Shame of Eminent Domain
A Window to Magickal Herbalism
Sex, Love, Magick
- What made you choose the subject of this book?
I started writing the Sister Christian Series a few years after I made contact with my birth family and discovered I had three brothers. I was raised an only child so the idea that I had siblings was rather new to me, growing up I often wished I had a sibling but then I’d go to my friend’s houses and see how they interacted with their siblings and went home happy I was an only child. The idea of the brother/sister dynamic always interested me even when my friends were shouting at each other over nothing. This series and a lot of its contents, planted deeply in the fertile ground of a writer’s imagination, grew out of those two situations.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
Currently I’m working on “Prodigal Son” the last novel in the Sister Christian Series, with any luck it should be available late this summer.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I’ve read and written all types of genres and can honestly say that I like them all but I do prefer stories that are on the darker meatier side of life.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
Just letting go myself and allowing the Muse take me over completely so we can fly through the zone together uninhibited.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King, I would love to write a book with him so I can find out what his writing habits are then possibly be able to make them my own in some manner.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
Books are available in print and e-book from Amazon/Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords and more.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird’s first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn’t explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she’d ever heard of Icarus and had she based her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. Perplexed, Lisa turned and asked her teacher: “Why?” The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teacher’s advice.
Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa’s stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters.
Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy. She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.
Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)
Kindle/Amazon (paperbacks available on Amazon)
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