Guest Post - Angela Burke
Today, on Out of Control Characters we're hosting fellow Solstice Publishing author, Angela Burke. She'll talk to us about a love story paradox. Definitely interesting.
The Love Story Paradox
As I finished writing my debut novel, Lucidity, I had difficulty determining what genre the story fit into. I was stuck. It certainly didn’t meet the criteria for the traditional romance genre, nor was it an exact fit for the realm of paranormal. Eventually I was given a bit of advice and it was determined that Lucidity would be categorized as mainstream fiction containing a love story. Ah…a love story. Of course. And what exactly is that?
I suppose a love story could be considered a new term for the old tragedy. True to its name, a love story must contain, well, yes, love. But it is the element of misfortune that sets apart this unique sub-genre from most romantic stories. A love story doesn’t guarantee a happy ending and yet, it is the critical component of tragedy that makes it unforgettable.
Life is full of contradictions – the night versus the day, the winter cold versus the summer heat, femininity in contrast to masculinity. To recognize the opposite is to understand the whole. The love story paradox is simple. To know love, we must know loss. And we can only experience loss if we have loved.
Perhaps this is the appeal of the love story – to seek an understanding, a balance – between idealism and realism. Tragedy enables us to appreciate the entire circle of human experience…the so-called yin yang of our universe.
Read any love story – Romeo and Juliet, The Bridges of Madison County, The Notebook – and you will discover the irony in life and death, love and loss, and the darks and lights of life.
But perhaps the real paradox is what we experience as a reader. Aristotle believed that tragedy leads to catharsis, or a purging of heartbreaking emotions. It is through tragedy that we find healing.
Angela Burke is the author of LUCIDITY and BENEATH the MAYAN MOON. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys running, skiing and taking long hikes in the mountains. A former teacher, she now spends her time building her massage therapy practice, while chasing after her three great kids and daydreaming up new story ideas.
Check out LUCIDITY, and the Three Days Free sale, August 7, 8 and 9, on Amazon! Angela can be found at Angela Burke Books, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Solstice Publishing website.
LUCIDITY by Angela Burke
Raya Walden doesn’t believe in ghosts…just the thought sends shivers up her spine. But as she falls in love with Jack Castille during a summer job at the rustic Hideaway Lodge, a resort nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Raya discovers she has an undisclosed paranormal talent. A talent that she doesn’t want. Yet it is this gift that will ultimately save her life…
Lucidity is a story about the secrets of the unknown, the essence of the spirit and the endurance of love….will you believe?