Whew! Home at last! I’m posting here today, then taking the weekend off the blog tour to return to my regular stream-of-consciousness posts. The tour picks up on Monday. Some items have been added, so check the schedule–Remember, a contest goes with the tour.
Way back in 1994, when I first ventured into the world of electronic publishing, a friend of mine bet me that print books would be completely a thing of the past within ten years. Software disks of games, programs and books were sold in racks in the grocery stores. “Books on disk” were available from a multitude of small publishers and individuals. Freeware and shareware made it easy to try before you buy or to pay only what you could afford or what you thought the software was worth.
Print books are still around, and so is electronic publishing. The three books I published back in the day are being reissued by Echelon Press. The first of these, EEL’S REVERENCE, is on the virtual shelves right now in various electronic formats and sporting a spiffy new cover.
It’s been a long time, but I believe the story is still relevant to the human condition.
At the heart is the religion of “holy sweet Micah, child of the All”, who represents humility, inclusivity, the transcendence of spirit, and courage in the face of both life and death. Aunt Libby (priests of Micah are called “Aunt” and “Uncle” because they offer advice rather than laying down the law) represents the “true” priests. There are also “reaver” priests, who are only in the priesthood for prestige and money. Some of these priests have formed a coalition aimed at imposing a theocracy on the general population, whose apathy has enabled the reavers’ power to go unchecked until it’s too late to resist.
Another part of the plot is the intolerance of some land-dwellers toward the sea-dwelling mermayds who, some claim, aren’t truly “people” and have no souls.
Aunt Libby wanders into this situation by chance, and becomes entangled in a knot of intertwining schemes. When it’s difficult to tell your friends from your enemies, and even harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys, it requires a deep grounding to do what your faith requires–or even to know what it is.
The people–human and mermayd–Aunt Libby touches find themselves facing decisions that they would have made without question before they met her: kill or not? rob or not? kidnap? look out for number one?
I’ve enjoyed revisiting this book with the new edits. I took a powerless and ordinary person and tossed her into a toxic situation; she catalyzed it and, just by being who she is, changed it. I thought it was an important thing to think about in 1994, and I think it’s an important thing to think about now.
WRITING PROMPT: Does your main character ever think about religion, pro or con? If not, why not? If so, what does he/she think and why? If not, does his/her religion or moral upbringing affect his/her decisions? How?