Author Lisa Beth Darling
Jon Stewart speaking on bullying and the mob mentality
As of this writing, I am 47 years-old and have been married to my wonderful husband, Roy for the last 28 years! We live in my hometown of New London, CT where we have raised two daughters to adulthood. I love living in New England and can hardly imagine myself being happy anywhere else.I'm often asked: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? In the 4th grade I discovered that I was a writer when we were given our first creative writing assignment. We were to write stories about a baby bird's flight and read them to the class. I put pencil to paper and was instantly whisked away by a force I couldn't explain. I knew that I was meant to do this very thing, this very simple act of putting pencil to paper and letting my mind free. Everyone read their happy stories to the class. I got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. I 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 I finished they were all just staring at me. The teacher kept me after class told me my story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked me if I'd ever heard of Icarus and did I base my story on him. But I had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As she let me leave class she again told me how good the story was but suggested I might want to write something happier next time. I asked her why and she had no answer. I've never written light and fluffy stories, I find little point to them. I've always written on the dark side dealing with the facets of humanity most authors shy away from or at least never explore in any detail. I find that if you never go deep into the dark then you never truly feel the blessing of the light when it shines upon you. So nearly everything I write, fiction and non-fiction tends to have a darker bend to it. In my Dark Adult Romance novels I write stories that revolve around a relationship, whether it's a romantic relationship or some other close tie. Things never run smoothly in my stories there is always at least one bad guy out to destroy our happy couple whether it's a God or a serial killer. Great opposition is faced, secrets are revealed, and with any luck at all, in the end our happy couple wins the day. Although not always.
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