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I am delighted to welcome you along to my stop on the blog tour for “Burden of Truth” by Pete Best and share a piece written by the author.

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Egocentric Brent Sandler knows he needs to change his life for the better. He’s hit rock bottom, penniless and in deep trouble as he discovers an awful tragedy lying in wait. The problem is, he knows this tragedy is all down to him and his past actions. Now he’s determined to put things right as the consequences of these actions are rapidly making their mark.

Meanwhile in Bodhgaya India, Peter Cannon has just made a shocking discovery that will change his life forever. Like Brent, he must come to terms with his guilt. But his past, his secret and the woman he loves are slowly hunting him down.

And if they find him, questions will be asked.

The tale of The Burden of Truth is a suspenseful thriller of how these two men are pulled apart and then drawn together as each man tries to fulfil his own quest for happiness. But they are soon to find out this quest is thwart with love, as well as danger, and both are lurking just around the corner.

You can buy a copy of “The Burden of Truth” here via Amazon


A Question of Theme.

Quite a bit back in the local coffee shop a group of young girls doing a project in school wanted to ask me some questions about writing.

At the time I was rather flattered when they approached me so I asked them why they picked on me?

The answer came back because they didn’t know anyone else to ask!

Okay, perhaps I wasn’t so flattered at this point but I was still more than happy to help.

So, the first question from one very keen young girl was, “What makes a good book?”

Well I took a deep breath and started to give the standard answer I normally give to what seems to be a very popular question.

“Okay,” I said. “A good book always has many elements to it. “For example, the story must grip the reader from the start. It must also have some very interesting characters and a very good plot.” I may have slipped in a few others at the time but I think that would have been the general gist of it.

However, at the end of the answer the look on her face told me she was a little disappointed in what I had said. It was obvious she had heard all this before and that perhaps she was looking for just that little bit extra.

I then quickly rattled my brain and tried my best to come up with something else to say about the subject. So the best I could come up with was that, “We also need to bring all of these under one umbrella and give the story a theme.”

She looked at me rather puzzled. Then she asked me to explain what exactly did I mean, the story should have a theme.”

So there I was thinking, what can I tell this young lady about theme?

“It’s the feeling of the story,” I answered quickly. “It’s about what the book is trying to tell us and the idea behind it. Not so much the storyline of the novel but more along the lines of what the message of the book is and what the writer is trying to say to us.”

Now the girl looked a bit happier, however she still asked me to explain a bit more.

“Think of it this way.” I continued, “A story may be about a certain plot. For example a crime novel may be about an unfortunate murder and the detective is trying to solve the case. A very simple plot sure, but that is what the story is about. However, part of this story may be about the thoughts of the detective. Perhaps there may be a strong sub plot be running on the lines of the detective’s fear of failure and what he does to overcome this fear. Or perhaps something like the murderer having some sort of illusions of power over his victims. Both of these examples could easily give the writer an opportunity to put messages into the story. Now we can say these messages could be considered a story theme.”

So at this point I was quite happy with the answer I had just given, however the young lady was still not fully satisfied. She then went on to ask, “Well, how do you start to write a theme into a story?”

Okay, I thought to myself this is now going to be trickier than I thought. Anyhow I started to give some sort of an answer back.

“First you start with the main character of the story. Obviously the main character is the backbone of the story. The writer has to make sure that the reader must understand this man (or woman.) fully. Not just the physical side of him but also what he does, how he thinks, everything about him. The reader must know this character inside and out.”

I then continued quickly before the young girl butted in to ask for a deeper explanation.

“Now let’s go back to our detective’s fear. It’s his own conflict in the story. Now in this case, the writer must make sure that the reader fully understands how and why he has this fear of failure. This part can be built up through the first part of the story. However, towards the end of the story the writer must show how this fear of failure is resolved; providing it is resolved! Remember this is the theme we are talking about not the storyline. It may be that the detective may have caught the killer but perhaps his fears still remain. Towards the end of the story the writer must start to wrap things up and then show how the detective is now feeling.

Perhaps he is now happy he has solved the case. Perhaps in a way he has won some sort of contest with the murderer. However, despite his success his fear of failure still remains, so he has not won his own personal battle.

Now while all of this is going on the writer could then write some message into the story. Perhaps something like; even if one is victorious he might not have progressed in life. He may have been successful in capturing the murderer but in doing so he may still be fearful that he may not be able to solve his next case.

Therefore the message and theme of the story could then be about hollow victories and then pose the question; is being victorious always a good thing?

Well, now I looked at all the young girls writing furiously in their notepads. Strange thing was, I starting to look forward to the next question and I was not disappointed. However, I’ll tell you about that some other time.


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for some amazing reviews and guest posts by the author!

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