CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Eric Trant and his amazing new book, Risen, as part of his WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.
Here's the deal. Most people, for some reason, and I do not understand the reason, possess this auto-response that spawns a negative reaction for anything new.
I believe it stems from our youth, and a mother shoving green-tinted food into our face.
No, Momma! I would rather eat worms!
So, our conditioned response, when something new is thrust in our face, is, Hell, to the power of no!
We refuse to try anything new. We balk at the unknown and cling to those familiar totems that mark the boundaries of our world.
And I want you to break that mold.
Jump first, then flap
See, saying YES to something new involves a degree of risk. There is an unknown associated with affirmation, and that mystery is both exciting and intimidating. It can result in failure or success, or maybe a moot experience filled with the ~mehs~, or anything in-between.
You do not know!
Because you have not yet collected the data points. You lack information, and the unswum ocean is teeming with teeth and fins and slick things that swipe your thighs. The water is black where you swing your legs, and something lurks in the deep-dark-dirties, and are you the chef or the meal?
How will you know if you say no?
You won't. You will never experience the failure of sticking your hand in the blender, nor the ecstasy of living your finest hour, nor will you embolden the courageous heart found only through trial and error.
Let those who have ears listen. If you live your life to the power of no, you will leave behind a flatline existence of inexperienced unknowns, drawing only on what has come before and tasting nothing new in your cup. Your canvas will be one lonely color, unfrayed at the edges, far too clean to be of interest.
It will be ~meh~.
The point is, forget trying to figure it out before-hand. Abandon your worries and say yes. Jump, then flap on the way down.
The power of yes...
So, when a tree falls in your path, or a curve tosses you off the road, or a leak threatens to sink your dingy, instead of lamenting the loss, celebrate the gains.
Plunge headlong into the new experience. Enjoy and suffer. Conquer and surrender.
Pump your heart with boiled blood frothing for the next blind leap.
Live with urgency and abandon. Leave no crossroad unexplored, no door unopened, no path unwalked!
Chalk your outline in a thousand living colors.
Live it all.
Through the power of yes.
Eric Trant’s “Risen”
Haunted by visions of a demonic angel and sold into servitude by his father, young Alberto battles to survive the horrors of a nineteenth century Sicilian sulfur mine.
Suffering merciless brutality, Alberto must save not only himself but his deformed older brother, both pawns in their father’s mad plan to overthrow a group of wealthy landowners.
Bound by a death-debt to his hunchback master, Alberto discovers a door the miners call Porta dell’Inferno, the Door to Hell, deep within the sulfur mines. When he learns the demon-angel of his dreams stalks the caverns beyond the door, Alberto realizes a strange fate has lured him and his brother to the gates leading to the underworld.
Now Alberto must face the creature from his visions and rise to become the man his father demands him to be, or remain forever trapped in a hellish world where none escape.
Print Length: 182 Pages
Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 15, 2017)
About the Author:
Eric resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and children, where he writes and manages his own business. His writing combines literary characterization with supernatural elements, all the while engaging the reader's senses with constant movement and vivid settings. His books are designed to be one-sitters, meaning they can and should be read in one (or a few) sittings, owing to the fast-paced nature of the writing.