Friday, November 27, 2009

Guest Post: Steve Lindahl author of Motherless Soul

Steve Lindahl, author of the book Motherless Soul, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

Inspiring Thought Through Fiction

The primary goal I had in writing Motherless Soul was to create a book with full characters placed in circumstances interesting enough to keep the readers turning the pages. Yet the people who have read the book also say it makes them think about past lives and reincarnation. That was my secondary goal, but one that was very important to me.

In my section of the world most of the spiritual people believe in an afterlife where our souls go to Heaven to spend the rest of eternity with God. But there are huge portions of the world where the majority
of people have a very different take on life after death. Yet all of these religious people have something in common. They are searching for truth.

Fiction can be a wonderful tool to help with the search for truth. My characters discover new realities and react to those realities in their own individual ways. My hope is that my readers can imagine w
hat my characters are feeling and can open their minds to different possibilities while maintaining their personal faiths.

The other topic that runs throughout my book is mother/daughter relationships. Obviously, my gender has kept me from being either a mother or a daughter, but it hasn’t stopped me from observing, admiring, and often being confused by that complex relationship. Here again fiction can raise issues in
a unique way. The concept of past lives creates an entirely new perspective on family relationships. I had a lot of fun with this part. I hope my readers have a lot of fun with the entire book. That’s my ultimate goal.

About the book:

Emily Vinson’s entire life was impacted by the loss of her mother when she was two years old. At eighty‑two Emily contacts a hypnotist hoping to draw out hidden memories of her early childhood so she can discover as much as possible about the short time she spent with the woman who gave her life. But Glen Wiley, the hypnotist, teaches her more about herself than she had expected to learn. He helps her bring out memories of many past lives she has led, including an experience that took place on a smoke filled battlefield. All of Emily’s lives have had the same tragic event, the loss of her mother at a young age. Her soul is caught in what Glen calls circularity, a word that means the tragedy will occur again and again unless she can break the pattern. To do that she and Glen must revisit what happened in her past lives and use what they learn to find the other souls who are part of the circle. They need to use the past to change the future.

The people in Emily’s world are as influenced by who they were and what happened to them in their past lives as they are by what has occurred in the present. This makes for complicated and fascinating relationships. Emily’s stubborn desire to know her mother is realized in intricate and unsettling ways no one could have imagined possible.

About Steve:

Steve Lindahl has published short fiction in Space and Time, The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse, Ellipsis and Red Wheelbarrow. He served for five years as an associate editor on the staff of The Crescent Review, a literary magazine he co-founded. His Theater Arts background has helped nurture a love for intricate characters in complex situations that is evident in his writing. Steve and his wife Toni live and work together outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have two adult children: Nicole and Erik. Motherless Soul is Steve Lindahl’s debut novel.


Anonymous said...

Loved the book.-Judy Klein

Susan said...

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Dar said...

Sounds intriguing. All posted at Win a Book Beth.

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