Book Tour ~ Sins of the Father
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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.
Running a hand over the side of his close-cropped gray head Frank tried to keep his cool as he pled his case, “Look, I just want to see Hannah, are you going to let me in there or not?”
Mason seemed to think about it for a second even though he really wasn’t. “Ummm…not.” He said finally. “She doesn’t want to see you.”
“She told you that? I don’t believe it.”
“Well, you could go and ask herself…oh, wait, that’s right…you can’t go in there. Guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.”
“Yeah, like that’s worth anything.”
“Some people think it is.” Mason retorted as he held out his cupped hands, “Some people put their lives right here. Crazy, right?” From the look on the man’s face Mason thought he’d stand there and bitch all day long. “While you’re waiting for noon to come around, why don’t you do Hannah a favor?”
“Tell me about the two years between her accident and the birth of my pre-maturely deceased nephew.” He watched Frank’s mouth drop open. “Take a load off.” Mason said and gestured toward the chair opposite his desk. “In fact, why don’t you just tell me everything you know?”
“She told you about Little Ricky?” Frank asked as he leaned forward but the question was more directed to the air than anyone in the room. “She’s never spoken about him…ever.”
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.
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Lisa. Thanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
At my day job, I’m the secretary/web mistress for a local trades union and I absolutely love it. It’s a very upfront atmosphere where BS is not appreciated or much tolerated. That fits right in line with who I am; no fuss, no muss, no pretense.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I’d love to bum around with Stephen King for a day just wandering aimlessly and chatting. As far as writers go, he is my hero and the one who inspired me to follow this rocky path.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Sins of the Father is the second installment in the Sister Christian Series, in it Doctor Richard Mason and his newly discovered sister, Hannah Rice are still getting to know each other. Except now, as we open, Hannah is debilitated having suffered a massive stroke at the end of Genesis, the first book in the series. She’s on her way to recovery but the process is slow and as her body heals her mind begins to remember the details of her horrific car accident thirty years before. Dark family secrets are uncovered and in Mason’s own reckless way he forces Hannah to face them.
What is your writing process?
Like most writers I have my rituals, my desk is covered with items of inspiration from scented candles to incense to a crystal ball, stones, and dancing Baby Groot. There’s generally a glass of my favorite potent drink and a cup of coffee next to me you’ll probably also find a lovely piece of hand blown glass nearby. I light my candles and my incense, open my file and try to get to business. I play a lot of games in between, I find that these ‘Saga’ games aren’t a mere distraction but they actually help my mind get around things in the story by figuring out the puzzle on the screen I can also figure out the one in my head. For decades I wrote to music, anything you can consider Classic Rock; Boston, Bad Company, The Who, The Stones, Van Morrison, The Doors and so on. My fingers would be flying across the keyboard as I’m singing away. Recently I had a hard drive crash and it took all my music away. From my hubby’s music files I downloaded something titled ‘karaoke’ thinking all of the songs within were by the listed artists but they’re not. It’s just the music. No words. It’s actually working out rather well and no one is more surprised by that than I am.
Tell us about your main character.
There are always two main characters in my books—at least. Here, in Sins of the Father, we have Doctor Richard Mason who is an absolutely brilliant physician but he’s a troublemaker with a reputation for being reckless in his personal life and with the lives of his patients. He’s downright rude and has no qualms about uttering cutting remarks when people disagree with him. When we come across him he’s in his early 50s and is a third owner in the Mountainside Wellness and Research Center, a private hospital, in the mountains of Vermont. He’s thrice divorced with his first wife having died tragically during a bank robbery. He’s grumpy. He’s a loner, he likes being alone so he can drink to his heart’s content, take his OxyContin at will, and he can play his piano at night in his small home. However, he’s just found out that he’s adopted and he’s been put in charge of his sister, Hannah Rice and her 3.5 million dollar trust fund.
Hannah has known for decades that Rick is her brother, her mother told her just before she committed suicide leaving Hannah in the care of her father, James Rice. Hannah had a very unpleasant childhood. When we meet her, she is a troubled woman both physically and mentally who has spent 30 years of her life in one group home or another after a terrible car accident mangles her body. However, Hannah has a very deep belief in God, she hears His voice in her head and follows the instructions He gives her. Therefore, when she comes to lives with Mason and discovers he is an atheist, a very staunch one at that, they have several disagreements on the subject.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I think Kevin Spacey would make a good Richard Mason or maybe Gary Oldman both are very fine actors who would be able to dig deep into what makes Richard Mason tick.
What are you working on next?
The last novel in the Sister Christian Series, Prodigal Son, I’m hoping it will be out sometime in the late summer.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
I wish I had some magical advice on that one, I’ve tried all types of marketing but in the end I guess I’d say; just don’t give up. Find all of the free places you can, get your toes wet on small ads in emags that won’t break the bank and just keep grinding that promo wheel.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
Always and forever it will be my signed edition of Four Past Midnight by Stephen King.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I raised two daughters and kept my sanity, does that count?
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
Time travel. That way I could get up whenever I wanted to instead of to the sound of the alarm clock.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
- There’s only one thing on my bucket list; a world-wide vacation. I want to go to Greece and dance on a beach drinking uzo until dawn. I want to stand in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. I want to see New Zealand and take a Hobbit Tour. I want to go to Ireland, stay in a quite inn, and play darts over pints of beer. I want to go through all of the castles in Scotland and see where my ancestor, George Darling, was held prisoner before he was deported to the Bay Colony in 1650.
Any final thoughts?
Thank you for having me here today, I hope readers have enjoyed it.
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Posted on February 10, 2016, in Guest Authors and tagged #bookexcerpt, #lb_darling, author interview, Goddess Fish Promotions, Lisa Beth Darling, Sins of the Father. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.