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Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp? by Pat Bertram

Most writers claim they write only to entertain, and yet messages do creep into our books whether we will it or not. A few messages ended up in my novels: nothing is as it seems, we are not necessarily who we think we are, history did not necessarily happen the way we think it did, and what we see is not necessarily the truth. But all that was more of a side effect. Mostly I just wanted to write good stories with good characters that I would have loved to read.

Here are some messages that crept into other books by Second Wind authors:

From an Interview with Mickey Hoffman, Author of “Deadly Traffic”

The message in Deadly Traffic is that on hot button issues like immigration, we all like to think we have a strong grip on right and wrong, but when it’s down to working reality, things are often not as easy to decide.

From an Interview with J J Dare, Author of False Positive and False World

Trust no one.

From an interview with J. Conrad Guest, Author of “January’s Thaw”

The January books are composed of a number of messages. In January’s Paradigm the reader learns that there are people in the world—men and women alike—who are not very nice, and that men don’t have a corner on the mean market. Men, too, can be hurt through a woman’s infidelity. One Hot January shows that no government is benign and that we must care about a world we will not see. While January’s Thaw is largely about redemption, that it’s never too late to close the door on the past and to live in the moment, for tomorrow.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp? Did a message show up inadvertently?


Pat Bertram is the author of Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. All Bertram’s books are available both in print and in ebook format. You can get them online at Second Wind Publishing, Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.  At Smashwords, the books are available in all ebook formats including palm reading devices, and you can download the first 20-30% free!


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Confessions of a Action Junkie by JJ Dare

Sometimes I’m wrong about things. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m admitting to it. I can be wrong. Once in a while. Not that often. Uhm, rarely.

It’s pretty hard to own your wrongness. But, I’m going to confess. I’m going to get it out in the open. I’m going to let the whole world know how incorrect I was in a preconceived assumption. Happily, I want to admit I’ve had a huge change of heart about Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Through the years, I’ve watched Cuba’s movies and enjoyed most of them. Over the past few years, I’ve lost track of him. With so many choices on cable, his movies were overlooked. I just kind of forgot about him.

Some of his movies in the past made me laugh, some made me cry, some just entertained the heck out of me. Up until a week ago, I had the image of Cuba Gooding, Jr., as a cute, kinda round, cuddly brown teddy bear with a sweet smile and an even sweeter voice. I had no idea the cute actor had morphed into a future Rambo.

Is he ripped or what? Just wait ’til he turns around

I watched Cuba in “Hero Wanted” by chance. I was channel surfing and stumbled on this movie; I was entranced from the beginning. As unlikely an action figure Cuba Gooding, Jr., was in my mind, the premise of this choice of movie for him was even more unbelievable.

“Hero Wanted” is about  an ordinary man who becomes an overnight hero after rescuing a little girl. This man, Liam Case, had lost his wife and unborn child in an automobile accident and he was simply existing – until he became the man of the hour when he risked his own life to save another.

The real story is what happened after his selfless act. Heroes are human and humans have flaws. Just because you performed a heroic act, it doesn’t mean you will be able to sustain that high. Liam Case realized this the hard way as the road he travels to grab another moment in the sun twists and turns. His search for redemption is the running theme.

I liked this movie and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s steely-eyed acting. This was a Cuba I’d never seen before. I was expecting something totally different. Indeed, this was totally different. I initially judged a movie by its actor.

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The moral of my movie tale is you can’t always judge a book by its author. While it’s comforting to know what to expect when you pick up a book with a familiar name on the cover, it’s also exciting to discover there are more sides to your favorite author than you have known. The same holds true for writers: don’t become a pigeon in a hole; don’t let your genre typecast you. Take a deep breath and fly free.

J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short stories and about thirty works-in-progress.

Current enthusiasm is co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch

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