I’ve recently launched a new book series: The Pandora Belfry Adventures, which combines my love of writing with my morbid sensibilities and my wish to help people. I’m excited because these aren’t just books, they’re atypical commentaries on how our society treats the mentally ill. I wanted to take my background in counseling psychology and apply it to the world of Nepenthe Manor in a way that would make people want to read about mental illness – I hope I succeeded in doing that.
The first book is called Mayhem at Nepenthe Manor. It’s pronounced like this…Nuh-pen-thee. Just click on the highlighted word because it does a better job of showing you how to say it than I just did. Nepenthe is the last name of the family that built Nepenthe Manor back in the 1880s.
So you might be wondering…where did I get the name Nepenthe? Actually, I don’t remember where I came across the word, which is ironic being that nepenthe means “something that makes you forget.”
When I first started to write books, I found it awfully hard going. I think that I’m a decent storyteller, but I’m not a natural writer – I really have to work at it. In the beginning, it didn’t take long for me to realize that getting all those grand ideas and visions of mine down on paper wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought. What sounded so good in my head didn’t always (okay, rarely) translate into print. Not like I’d imagined, anyway. This difficulty is why I think people put off writing, or quit after a few attempts.
That and the million other things going on in their lives.