As part of the promotion I was during earlier this year for Bend Me, Shape Me, I wrote a guest post for Digital Book Today about how difficult it is to let go of our “things.” I did manage to pare down my worldly possessions enough to fit them in a small U-haul box to be carted across country. Now I am dealing with that same decision-making angst as I slowly empty out a storage unit I have had here in Illinois for fifteen years. What if all you owned fit in a shopping cart, or a backpack? What if you left it under a bridge while you went searching for food, housing, or a job and the police found it and threw it all away?
I hope you will click through to read the whole article.
“When it comes to the point where I am trying to pare down the items in my tool box and end up filling a plastic sandwich bag with odd screws and plastic bits because what if I need them when I finally remember what they go with, aren’t I almost as strange as that hoarder who can’t throw away the carcass of her dead cat?”
via Worldly Possessions or Hoarding? – Digital Book Today.
Night Owl Reviews is offering a contest starting today, July 16 through July 26 to win a free copy of Bend Me, Shape Me. I believe you have to sign in to participate, but if you like reading, it’s a site you will find useful. They review several genres–AND IT’S FREE!
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In addition, they included a guest post I wrote about following your passion. Here’s a bit of it below.
Thanks to Night Owl for allowing me to share my passion with you. Wouldn’t life be great if all our goals were set by something we are passionate about? The novels in my Street Stories suspense series combine two of my passions: suspense fiction and sharing the inspirational stories of people who live on the streets. I spent over fifteen years volunteering with agencies who offer services for homeless kids and adults and discovered that the stories they have to tell are not only fascinating, they deserve to be given a voice.
While the plots I select are bizarre and twisted, the people that populate my series are real life composites of individuals who both educated and enriched me during my years on the street.
via Debra R. Borys – Follow Your Passion.
Somehow in the flurry of moving, I missed the fact that Judith Kirscht posted my guest post over at her blog about some of the real life street stories I experienced which inspired my suspense series.
Words paint pictures, evoke memories and move hearts.
It was late at night and summer when I used to walk the streets of Chicago near LaSalle and Hubbard. I was volunteering once a week with Emmaus Ministries then and accompanied by a staff person. Armed with business cards, we would make sure people without homes knew where they could go for a home cooked meal, clean clothes and conversation.
These are examples of the many reasons I chose to write about street people in my STREET STORIES suspense novels. Not to exploit them, or sensationalize homelessness, or advocate social change, but just to engender awareness. If we open our eyes and our ears, what will we see? If we open our hearts, what can’t we accomplish?
via Judith Kirscht.com: Debra Borys, Postcards from the Streets.
Like my main character Jo Sullivan posts in her journal entry, I am also a city girl and country girl trapped in one body. Author Acacia Awai gave me a chance to write a guest post about my conflicted personality on her website. Here’s a sample of what I had to say. Click through the link below to read the whole article.
Call it a mid-life crisis or call it an awakening. Whatever it was, I moved to the city, and not just any city—big, bad Chicago. Before that, I would sweat any time I needed to simply drive to O’Hare to pick up friends at the airport. All those cars, the noise, the pollution! But you know what? I loved Chicago and found myself energized by the grit and bustle that had so intimidated me before. Sure I was able to walk down the block for my milk, but the truth is that if I needed to get to a supermarket either driving in traffic or hopping on the L train, it still took me almost as long as it had before.
via Meet Debra Borys – Acacia Awai.
If you are wondering what it is about Snow Ramirez that made me want to write a book about her, you might want to read the guest post I wrote about choosing street kids as subject matter for a suspense series. Snow’s plight stirs up an emotional response in the reader, much like the lives of the real kids I met did in my life.
In my first novel, Painted Black, a young man turns to drugs and prostitution in an attempt to withdraw from a reality too painful to deal with. In the latest novel, Bend Me, Shape Me, Snow Ramirez does the opposite. She chooses to fight back when she determines the psychiatrist treating her brother is harming him, not helping. Had the plot been about any other kid, there wouldn’t have been much tension to deal with. A 17-year-old with a support system of school, family and friends would be able to go to someone to express her concerns and would be heard. Someone would research the situation, find out the truth and save the boy. End of story.
If you’re homeless and have a mental illness like Snow, there is no support system available to help the person work their way out of that maze. She has to take things into her own hands, break laws to find evidence, rage against the injustice any way she can until someone finally listens to her story. How she catches the attention of my protagonist Jo Sullivan is more difficult, more meaningful, and more suspenseful because of her limitations as a homeless kid.
via Omnimystery News: Please Welcome Back Author Debra R. Borys.
Morgen Bailey invited me to write a guest post for her writing blog so I wrote about why I chose to convey the reality of homelessness through a fiction suspense novel series. Hopefully by doing so, I will reach people who aren’t already concerned about this important issue, and maybe even change some opinions.
I hope you will click through to read the whole article, but here’s a brief comment I wrote.
My work as a volunteer with homeless youth and adults completely changed the way I view that guy on the corner with a paper cup and a sign. It opened my eyes to the humanity of these societal outcasts and also, more importantly, to the way so many people treat them as less than human. I wanted to influence that view, to give everyone a chance to see life though my eyes and the lives of the homeless.
via Guest post: Fiction IS Real Life by Debra R. Borys | Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog.