Sins of the Father
by Lisa Beth Darling
Publisher: Moons Mistress Publishing
Publication Date: April 15, 2015
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.”
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m almost 50 years-old and still working on getting my graduate degree from The School of Life.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I discovered I was a writer when I was in the 4th grade and was given as assignment to write a baby bird’s first flight. It was the first time any teacher assigned a creative writing lesson but when I put pencil to paper I was instantly transported away to a magickal place that I knew I would never want to leave.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Being a child of the 70s and 80s I grew up on Stephen King, VC Andrews, Judith Rossner, Jacqueline Susan, and Harold Robins. All of it, save King, was very hot steamy stuff. My writing tends to combine all of those writers best qualities.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I get up to the annoying sound of the alarm clock at 6:45 and have coffee with hubby, we watch the morning news and then part ways for the day. I leave for work around 7:30 or so, get in there, open the place up and do my thing before shutting down for the day and coming home. When I get in the door I have approximately 2 ½ hours of uninterrupted time to write so that’s when I do it. Then it’s time to make dinner and clean up the house then off for the night cuddling with hubby or watching a movie while he plays a game. Go to sleep, get up the next day and do it all over again. I must say it’s a lot easier now that our daughters are grown and out of the house.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I started writing the Sister Christian Series a few years after I made contact with my birth family and discovered I had three brothers. I was raised an only child so the idea that I had siblings was rather new to me, growing up I often wished I had a sibling but then I’d go to my friend’s houses and see how they interacted with their siblings and went home happy I was an only child. The idea of the brother/sister dynamic always interested me even when my friends were shouting at each other over nothing. This series and a lot of its contents, planted deeply in the fertile ground of a writer’s imagination, grew out of those two situations.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
There aren’t a lot of family dramas out there these days or just plain old dramas. Everything seems to be romance or erotica with a catchy gimmick; cowboys, billionaires, paranormal creatures. This series is simply a story about two people, a brother and a sister, who find each other late in life and how they help each other cope with their individual and collective baggage. No sex. No gimmicks. Just a good story.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
I adore Mason and Hannah equally but, in the end, Hannah would be my favorite. For all she’s been through, everything she’s suffered, and all that’s been taken away from her, she’s still smiling and looking forward to a future that gets a bit better for her with each passing day. She brings a lot of light to Mason’s lonely world. I don’t know how much of myself is in there but I think every character, every good relatable character, has at least a smidgen of their writer in them.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
Hannah is very devout, she believes in God with all her heart. Mason, although he grew up Catholic like Hannah and even went to some of the same Catholic schools as her is a staunch atheist. Every time they clash over the subject I just had a great time writing it.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
That no matter how old or damaged you may be—physically and/or mentally—there’s always hope. Sometimes you have to dig down deep into the dirt of your life, turn it up and have a good look at it before you can move forward. It’s hard work but it’s worth doing.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
Simply that people will give it a chance and enjoy it.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m working on Prodigal Son, the last novel in the Sister Christian Series and I hope to have it out in late summer. We’ll all discover how things turn out for Mason and Hannah.
About the Author
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.