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Both are self-help, self-discovery tools.
In 2011, my first granddaughter was born. At the time, I had retired from my job with the State of Texas and my daughter asked if I would come to Colorado and take care of new baby Sydney for a year. I didn’t hesitate.
While I was there, I met a lot of New Age or Metaphysical oriented people. I took psychic development classes and learned so much about how to work on myself. It was during that time that I ran across these two books and they impacted me greatly.
So, when I decided that the only way for Jonah to get off this island was to work on himself, I brought those two books into the story.
As the logline for the story says, “The hardest demons to face are internal.”
Here’s a scene where he is attempting to work through a lesson:
At the end of Chapter Two, he tackled the exercises.
Question #1: What are you most afraid of?
Jonah thought long and hard as he chewed the end of his pencil. He didn’t have many fears because he’d spent years making sure others feared him. Okay. Skip that one. Next.
Question #2: What aspects of my life need transforming?
That answer required no thought at all. He needed to get off this island and back to his turf.
Question #3: What do I want to accomplish by reading this book?
Same answer – to get off this island.
Question #4: What am I most afraid of that someone else will find out about me?
He’d never cared much about what others thought of him. That hadn’t been important. Okay. Skip that one, too. Next.
Question #5: What am I most afraid of finding out about myself?
He reached for a small mirror Titus had brought on his last visit. His reflection stared back at him. He’d always been told he was handsome with his dark eyes and hair, but that man in the mirror had aged. While he’d worked daily to stay in good physical condition, had he let his mind get soft? Was that what he was afraid to discover? That beneath his hard exterior beat a soft heart? If ever revealed, that bit of information would tarnish his reputation for sure.
He laid the mirror aside and read the next question.
Question #6: What is the biggest lie I’ve ever told myself?
He knew the answer but refused to write it down. He hated this kind of stuff.
Question #7: What is the biggest lie I’ve ever told someone else?
The answer to both questions was the same.
Fantasy meets reality when a young man is forced to choose his punishment for crimes committed. Jonah must decide between imprisonment in a concrete box beneath the earth or be exiled to a deserted, barren island. He chooses the island, but nothing can prepare him for the deadly creatures, and poisonous plants at every turn. Then there’s the maddening isolation that drives him to the brink of insanity. There is only one way off this island and it’s more difficult than anything he’s ever imagined. It’s much easier to face mortal danger than the demons within. Will Jonah find redemption, or another unexpected offer?
Jan Sikes openly admits that she never set out in life to be an author. But she had a story to tell. Not just any story, but a true story that rivals any fiction creation. You simply can’t make this stuff up. It all happened. She chose to create fictitious characters to tell the story through, and they bring the intricately woven tale to life in an entertaining way.
She released a series of music CDs to accompany the four biographical fiction books and then published a book of poetry and art to bring the story full circle.
And now that the story is told, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published many short stories with a series of novels waiting in the wings. She is a member of Authors Marketing Guild, The Writer’s League of Texas, the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC), the RAVE WRITER’S INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA), sits on the RWISA Executive Council and hosts a monthly RAVE WAVES blog talk radio show, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.
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