Monday, November 14, 2011

NEW - Nurture Book Tour post and Q&A with Gerald G. Griffin

Of Good And Evil -- Nurture Virtual Book Tour
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Q&A - conducted by Rick Friedman 

Q.  How Did You Come Up With The Plot For OF GOOD AND EVIL And How Were You Able To Flesh It Out To Become A Full Novel? 

A.  "Six different desires contributed to conceiving the plot of Of Good And Evil. First, ever since dealing in therapy with the combat trauma of a few war veterans while I was in private practice as a psychologist, I've had the desire to write a book on the psyche and emotional trauma of men returning from the war front. Second, I've harbored the desire to write about the courage and fortitude of women suffering from a notable disadvantage, and how this turned them to remarkable devotion. Third, I've had the desire to write a novel about the Mafia. Fourth, I've always had the desire to delve into the paranormal. Fifth, the terrorist threat to our national security, both by events abroad and within our own country, left me with a desire to write a novel about this threat. And sixth, I've had a desire to achieve a sense nobility in my work. In writing Of Good And Evil, these six desires were combined to shape the essence of the book's plot; this nucleus of meshing these six desires together into one the beginning of the fleshing out leading to a full novel. But in addition to my imagination, knowledge and research, and in addition to adding action, mystery and a compelling love story keeping the reader turning the pages, to complete this fleshing out it was critical to come up with the right characters which, when combined with the right circumstances, gave the story its fullest intended impact. The right characters and circumstances were critical to the plot, one constantly being modified to accommodate the new and evolving demands of the unfolding story while still maintaining its integrity. So, as the plot was pieced together, sometimes taking on a life of its own, it necessitated the creation of the needed vibrant main characters, Ron Sheffield and Amber Ash; reinforced by the needed vibrancy of its secondary characters, Jonathan J. Ash, Keith Vandiver, Dominick Valenti and Rachael Di Salvo; and a third tier of vivid supporting characters. This was the fleshing out, passion and characters giving birth to the novel. A new awakening!"

Q.  Gerald, how has your educational background, specifically your PhD, helped you in creating the very realistic portraits of your complex characters? 

A.  "My PhD --- which would have to include the many years of psychological practice it made possible --- helped me immensely! You could say that OF GOOD AND EVIL is as much a psychological thriller as it is a suspense thriller or a captivating love story. But at no time in developing any of my characters did I have to ask myself, "Now, what are the psychological principles I have learned that I can apply here in developing this character?" No. Combined with my creative process, the psychological aspects I applied came rather automatically, from an immediate 'knowing' based upon my graduate training and professional experience so ingrained in me as to become second nature. I didn't have to recall. I had to create, with the help of my psychological second nature. Of course, it wasn't as simple as that, but this could be said to be the gist of it. I'm sure, at times, that my subconscious, drawing upon my graduate learning and professional experience without me even being aware of it, came into play in developing the complexity of my characters. But too, this complexity developed from the characters themselves, whom, at various points, sort of took on lives of their own. What I'm saying is that there was more than my educational background and professional experience that went into making the very realistic portraits of my complex characters. They were important, sometimes vital, but other factors had a determining role as well. What guided me in all of this was my imaginative creative process, in charge of everything, And sometime even I didn't know totally what it was up to --- until the final result, which was amazing!"




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1 comment:

  1. Rick, my heart-felt thanks and gratitude for your appearance here, and for your remarkable questions allowing me to set forth what went into the "making" of my novel.

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