Friday, August 24, 2012

The Story Behind the Book: The Anatomy of Faith by K.A. M'Lady

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
Rabindranath Tagore

When Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors asked me to write an article describing the background history of where the ideas for my Faith Savage Demon Huntress Series came from, of course I wholeheartedly agreed.  Then, after giving it some serious thought I wondered ‘How does an author go about the business of writing such a summary when the feelings involved this series are deeper, darker and more personal than just an idea? 

Really, one might think it a simple task for an author.  Just pull out the outline, throw together the main idea, the historical references you researched, add a list of items on how you wanted your characters look, the attitude you wanted them to portray.  Then, set-up the scenery, the landscape, and reference what made you pick the location – even if you made it up.  Tell your readers what city, town or by-way you chose to be your locale.

But what do you share when the scope of your story is a bit more personal?  What do you describe when most of it is a matter of faith?

Authors often interweave bits and pieces of our hopes, dreams, fears and personal beliefs into our stories.  We make our characters live out our fantasies, become our super-heroes, and fight the demons that have skulked around in the far, dark reaches of our minds.  For me, to an extent, this became Faith Savage.

Expanded from a previous release I chose to write beyond my original idea of a woman being tempted by an angel and a demon.  The central idea to expand this story was mainly prompted from my own personal demons and travels with the darkness in my own life.  I wondered what a character would do if God had given them a job to cast out the darkness from the world.  To provide a message to mankind.  And, how would the external factors from her personal upbringing factor into her story?  Could those dark days be blamed on the devil?  Would her faith in God and herself be strong enough to see her through?

Personally, I have survived much in my short life:  child abuse, homelessness, joblessness, alcoholism, and drug addiction.  Like most, there are multiple demons that haunt me and many dark days that I have survived.  But the point is – I survived.  I would like to think that it was for a greater purpose.  That God has a master plan for me to affect someone else’s life.  Whether it is through my stories, my poetry or the simple act of giving back the proceeds I make to a charity of my choosing.  As writers we are gifted with this opportunity. 

As a person I don’t much care either way what my friends and readers choose to believe in.  What they choose to call their God.  I have friends of every walk of life and of every faith:  Christian, Muslim, Jehovah Witness, Catholic, Pagan, and non-believers.  The one thing I’ve noticed in all of them is that at the core of them I’ve found what it is that drew me to them as a person and what makes their light shine within them.  And that light is love.

So, whether your characters are fighting dragons, slaying ogres or fighting the darkness and demons that are within there is always something that keeps us returning to their story.  Something that keeps us searching for their happily-ever-after, as well as our own.  Is it the hope that the light will conquer the darkness?  That love for ourselves and each other will be strong enough to win?  Quite possibly it’s all just a matter of faith.

Blessings Always ~ K.

About Author K.A. M’Lady

K.A. M’Lady lives a few stone throws from corn fields, chaos and congestion; all lying on the outskirts of the many burbs of Chicago. She spends her days calculating life expectancies, mortality and the certainty of death and taxes while in her free time the dead wander freely, buy shoes, homes, the occasional odd business or two and, if you even think of charging them too much in taxes…well, let’s just say the tax man may never come back. But if he does he might just shamble a bit.

Her work has been described as scary, descriptive, beautiful, dark, frightening, prosaic, addictive, sexy and believable. She loves to read paranormal romances, watching horror movies, westerns on Sundays with her husband, playing fetch with her pocket beagle, Chevy and buying weird shoes. Her friends call her eccentric, her family refuses to comment.

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