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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

 

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

 

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

 

 

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening.

Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series.

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, CISSY in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

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https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Cissy, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KNEWBIE KNEE

Knee replacement was one year ago today and I couldn’t be happier.

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday Saturday 11 February 2017 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ROBIN E. MASON

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CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ROBIN E. MASON

 

“I’ve always had stories in my head. And . I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

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“I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.”

 

rem:  Hullo Robin, and welcome to, uh, my blog… Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

ROBIN:  If you call me normal I’m offended.  😉  I was born in Mississippi but we moved a lot as I was growing up. I went coast to coast and back again—in utero! I now live in the upstate of South Carolina with my four feline fur babies. (Mama is now an outdoor cat, her choice.)

rem:  Tell us three things about yourself.

ROBIN:  I have three knucklehead – I mean wonderful grown children, and two beautiful grandgirls whom I love most dearly. My blood type is A-T+ (A-tea-positive). I am a pluviophile (lover of rain) and an ailurophile (lover of cats).

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rem:  Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?

ROBIN:  Yes. Un. Coffee to start the day, cinnamon hazelnut. And tea, iced and not sweet the rest of the day. (thus A-T+)

rem:  What is your favourite quotation and why?

ROBIN:  There are so many that I identify with but this one speaks to me deeply: “What if I fail? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” attributed to Erin Hanson

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rem:  What do you do as a hobby?

ROBIN:  Yes. I paint and draw, but I also sing, act, and play the piano—and will have a piano in my possession again soon! I also enjoy cooking, and not sure is this counts as a hobby but go for walks as often and as far as I can.

rem:  What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

ROBIN:  Ha! My “desk” is more like a nest—the area immediately around me. The most random thing probably is a broken paint brush that I use to dust my keyboard.

rem:  What’s your all-time favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

ROBIN:  Movie, The Sound of Music. TV show… hmmm… Friends comes readily to mind. Gilmore Girls, Castle… guess that’s “a” favorite though

rem:  Your movie snack of choice?

ROBIN:  I’mma go with the classic popcorn but I don’t do the packs, I buy the old fashioned kernels; I do pop it in the microwave though.

rem:  What’s your favorite recent discovery?

ROBIN:  GoFundMe. I’d heard of it, but a friend suggested I start a campaign (for a car.) Slow going (so far) but it’s going. The link if you’d like to check it out is

https://www.gofundme.com/robin-needs-a-car

 

rem:  If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

ROBIN:  Yes. (I use that snarky answer a lot, don’t I?) It would have to be a tour of different eras. I love history and would love to visit a bunch of different times. There’s something “romantic” about Medieval Ireland, but if I had to choose one time it would be when Christ was with us in the flesh.

rem:  Are you named after someone?

ROBIN:  Yes and no. My middle name, Elizabeth, was my mother’s name. But Robin came from a dream she had before I was born.

rem:  Do you use sarcasm?

ROBIN:  Who me? Never.

rem:  Would you bungee ?

ROBIN:  Absolutely!

rem:  What is the first thing you notice about people?

ROBIN:  Their smile or countenance.

rem:  Favorite season? Why?

ROBIN:  Spring. It’s a, er, robin thing.  😉

rem:  Hugs or kisses?

ROBIN:  Yes. (please)

rem:  Rolling stones or Beatles?

ROBIN:  Beatles à Paul McCartney

rem:  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

ROBIN:  Can’t choose a favorite, but Romans 12:2 has been my signature Scripture for years. Seems the whole of the Bible is about knowing Father God and becoming like Him.

rem:  If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

ROBIN:  This question always stumps me but in light of current events, I would love to spend an evening with our new President. I’m fascinated by the press (both sides) and intrigued by his charisma—and impressed with his action. And did I mention, no more PC talk!  #MAGA

rem:  What is your favorite bird and why?

ROBIN:  Really? You need to ask this?

rem:  Do you like to fly? What’s the furthest you’ve ever flown?

ROBIN:  LOVE to fly! I’ve been to Trinidad three times on mission trips, roughly 3000 miles.

rem:  When is your birthday?

ROBIN:  tomorrow

rem:  What is your favourite birthday memory? All-time favorite birthday gift?

ROBIN:  Eight years ago, my 50th. My kids love to rag me about how old I am, so I donned my best actress-granny persona and an extreme old lady costume. My oldest at the time was manager of a restaurant where we gathered for birthday dinner. He held the door for the dottering old woman—didn’t even realize it was me! Best gift—my new knee, one year today.

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rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

ROBIN:  I think Christian fiction is comparable to Biblical parables. I don’t market at CF but I am a Christian who writes fiction. It’s such a God thing, as I began to “dabble” in this passion that has always been in me, I began to see who I am, and the more I saw who I am, the clearer I can see who Father is; and the more I can see who He is, the better I can know who I am.

rem:  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

ROBIN:  Unrealistic dialogue.

rem:  Which is more important: plot or characters?

ROBIN:  I quote DiAnn Mills again, “They are inseparable.” (from my interview with her on 28 January 2016) The way I see it, one feeds the other.

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rem:  What would you do if you weren’t writing?

ROBIN:  Bang my head against a wall, striving to be something I’m not—oh, wait, I did that for years. I do have my degree in Interior Design, and I do love designing. It’s something I can do when opportunity comes along. But writing is my love and my passion.

rem:  What are you reading right now?

ROBIN:  The Scarlet Coat by Angela K. Couch, [another] new favorite author

rem:  What do you munch on while you write?

ROBIN:  Chocolate is an easy go-to, but I love cashews and I try to eat fresh fruit when I can. Or cookies. (now I want cookies…)

rem:  Tell us a little about your writing journey.

ROBIN:  Actually I stumbled into my writing. I’ve always had stories in my head but didn’t know I was the writer until 1995. Fast forward to 2008 and I was out for a walk when my mind conjured up the beginning of Tessa. I went home and started writing. I also went back to school a few months later. After graduation and the big design career didn’t happen, I turned to writing. I haven’t stopped and I haven’t looked back.

rem:  What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

ROBIN:  In my “nest.” I am sitting on the couch, all my writing accoutrements within easy reach. I can even reach the printer if I stretch. I have to get through my emails and messages before I can focus on writing. If miscellaneous things are dangling in my mind, I get distracted until they’re quelled.

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rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

ROBIN:  Discipline / time management. I have my necessary docs open to serve as a constant “look at me” reminder. Once I get into my story, whatever point I’m at, the story takes over and I get my work done.

I take that back, my greatest struggle is the fatigue and weakness I experience with RA. I have the dubious luxury of staying home all day (disability) but I’m tired almost all the time. And that takes a great toll on writing.

rem:  Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?

ROBIN:  I know I’m breaking a cardinal rule but I edit as I go. I love both aspects of writing, the creative part is the music on the page, and the editing is the fine tuning—and relentless practicing to make it the best it can be.

rem:  What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

ROBIN:  The stories, the people—both fictional and real. The network of friends. I’m a total Pantzer and I love seeing a story come together.

rem:  What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

ROBIN:  DO: 1. Just do it. And keep doing it. 2. Network, get to know other authors. Build your writing community. 3. Know what works for you (trial and error) There is no “one size fits all” formula. BONUS: 4. Read. And read some more.

DON’T: 1. Don’t skimp on professional services: editing, cover design, headshot. No one can do it all. 2. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Just don’t. 3. Don’t be afraid to share your work with others—and don’t eschew critiques from other writers.

rem:  Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

ROBIN:  All.over. Seriously, random thoughts, phrases, quotes—anything can turn into a new story.

rem:  How do you choose your characters’ names?

ROBIN:  The major characters introduce themselves to me. Supporting characters (I don’t like to say minor characters, I don’t want to hurt their feelings… ) I sometimes look for the right name—era, nationality, family names, etc, and on occasion I have posted on FB asking for suggestions.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

ROBIN:  Nope. I jump in and know basically where it needs to end up. Other than that, I really don’t know.

rem:  Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

ROBIN:  The Long Shadows of Summer is the first of four in my new series, Seasons. Set in 1912, it’s a cross between Upstairs Downstairs and Gone With the Wind. It’s one story arc told from the perspective of four different characters, all friends, and each with their own twist.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

ROBIN:  [so far] I wrote my first good kissy scene. Haven’t attempted that before. Read it because it’s a story of discovery, of learning her (Mercedes) true identity, which is parallel to learning who we are in Christ.

rem:  Tell us about why you wrote this book.

ROBIN:  Um, ‘cause they (the characters) started talking to me. And they were louder and more insistent than other characters waiting their turn.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.

ROBIN:

The Long Shadows of Summer – Mercedes Renaldi – July 1912

 

She looked so familiar to me, but I couldn’t place her. Sitting on the bench like she was outside Hooper’s Market. Her hat was at a rakish angle, her cocoa colored hair perfectly coiffed. Seemed there were tears in her green eyes. I was certain I had never seen her before. But she reminded me of someone…

It couldn’t be her, though. She was dead, we all watched her die. Floating away like that in the swamp. Her lavender dress billowed up like a balloon, her dark hair fanning out on the black water. We had made a pact, Pearl and Scarlett and me, never to tell anyone what happened.

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            I was the oldest of the bunch of us and we did everything together. As much as our elders would allow. My mother worked for Simone’s grandmother, Madame Antoinette Dubois. I helped Mamá most times, but sometimes I was allowed to play with Simone and her friend Pearl.

It happened in 1897, the summer I was eleven. Mamá didn’t make me help her as much in the summers and I was allowed to go outdoors with Simone and Pearl.  Scarlett’s Mamá, though, made her help with dusting the upstairs rooms, but she was permitted to come outdoors after luncheon was served.

Simone always was most daring, walking atop fences and climbing trees and such. That summer, though, it seemed she didn’t have a care. She wasn’t just daring, she was indifferent. She climbed higher than we had ever seen her climb. She would swing from the branches, like the monkeys we read about in our lessons, and then drop to the ground. She jumped right in the black water of the Santee River that day.

And floated away, pale as death.

 

rem:  What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

ROBIN:  That we are all royalty in God’s eyes. These stories make the analogy (like a parable), all four girls (I say girls, they are young woman, in their twenties) learn something of who they really are.

rem:  Anything you’d like to add?

ROBIN:  I love what I do!

rem:  Thank you so much for chatting with us on my blog today!

ROBIN:  Any time.  Hee hee

 

rem:  Where can we find you online?

ROBIN:

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

“I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.”

 

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#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess, Cissy, Seasons Series, The Long Shadows of Summer

 

BLOGWORDS – Saturday 11 February 2017 – WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – ROBIN’S CINNAMON SWIRL CHEESECAKE

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WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – ROBIN’S CINNAMON SWIRL CHEESECAKE

 

I like to cook. And I like to invent my own recipes. And I like to try other people’s recipes. And now, I’m going to share them with you.

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ROBIN’S CINNAMON SWIRL CHEESECAKE

Preheat oven to 325°

 

INGREDIENTS

Crust

1 ½      cups     graham cracker crumbs

¼         cup      brown sugar

½         teas      cinnamon

1          stick     butter, melted

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Filling

4          pkg      PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened (8 oz each)

¾         cup      granulated sugar

1          teas      vanilla

4                      eggs

 

Swirl Filling

½         cup      brown sugar

1          tbsp     ground cinnamon

 

Topping

½         cup      flour

½         cup      brown sugar

1          tbsp     cinnamon

¼         cup      butter, softened

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients for crust till mixture loosely crumbles.

Press into 9” spring form pan.

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In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese till creamy.

Add granulated and vanilla, and mix till well blended.

Add eggs, one at a time, and mix on low speed. *Do not over beat.

Pour mixture over crust.

 

Combine swirl ingredients and sprinkle evenly over cream cheese filling.

With toothpick or table knife, swirl through the batter till desired pattern is achieved.

 

Combine topping ingredients to form a soft crumbled mixture.

Sprinkle topping over the top.

 

Bake for 55 minutes, or until center is set.

Run knife or small spatula along rim of pan to loosen.

Allow to cool before removing rim.

Refrigerate for 4 – 6  hours.

 

Serve with cinnamon hazelnut coffee. Delicious.

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If you’ve a recipe you’d like to share leave a comment below or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com

 

NOTE: All recipes must be used with permission.

 

#Blogwords, What’s Cookin’ in Your Kitchen, #RandomRecipes, #AuthorsEat #AuthorsCook, Robin’s Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, Hazelnut

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 10 February 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

note: I share my books this months because it’s my birthday month!

 

 Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

Fiction Aficionado

Bibliophile Reviews

Kathleen Denly

 

 

 

 

 If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower an email and let her know!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Clara Bess wasn’t at all prepared for what she unearthed at the bottom of her mother’s keepsake box.  Not in with legal papers, not in her own baby book, not in the safe even.

 

On the day of her 50th birthday, Clara Bess Caldwell was not with her family basking in the joy of a blissful Christmas Day winding down.  She was not enjoying eggnog or coffee by a fireplace, nor was she checking a goose roasting in the oven. Clara Bess was at her mother’s house, going through her personal effects, something she had put off for several weeks.

 

Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should be.  It did not read Lily Isabella Sawyer.

 

She was adopted?

 

Where, then, were the adoption papers?

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Oh, Momma! Why didn’t you ever tell me?” Clara Bess stared in disbelief at her birth certificate. Lily Isabella Mayes was not the name on the line for her mother. Instead, Rose Isolde Miller was in its place, whoever that was. Her mother, supposedly. But who in the world was Rose Isolde Miller?

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I hadn’t given thought to a sequel to Tessa until a few friends asked me. And when I looked, there were two specific places that pointed straight to Clara Bess and her story. And yes, I love her story as much as Tessa’s.

 

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Clara Bess, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 8 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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Clara Bess wasn’t at all prepared for what she unearthed at the bottom of her mother’s keepsake box.  Not in with legal papers, not in her own baby book, not in the safe even.

 

On the day of her 50th birthday, Clara Bess Caldwell was not with her family basking in the joy of a blissful Christmas Day winding down.  She was not enjoying eggnog or coffee by a fireplace, nor was she checking a goose roasting in the oven. Clara Bess was at her mother’s house, going through her personal effects, something she had put off for several weeks.

 

Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should be.  It did not read Lily Isabella Sawyer.

 

She was adopted?

 

Where, then, were the adoption papers?

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, CLARA BESS in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Clara Bess, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Cissy

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 1 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

 

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Tessa, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy

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BLOG BLITZ  – Thursday 29 September 2016  – CHARACTER INTERVIEW – CLARA

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The month of September is a special time for me:

my THIRD novel and sequel to

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the final in the unsavory heritage series,

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slide 4will be available 30 on September Amazon

WHEEEEE!!!!!

 

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW – CLARA

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rem: Good afternoon, Clara. Thank you for visiting today.

Clara: Good afternoon, Ms. Mason.  Thank you for inviting me.

rem:  Please, call me Robin.

Clara:  Thank you… Robin. It’s lovely to be here.

rem:  You look lovely today, Clara. That’s your favorite dress isn’t it?

Clara: [blushes] My yellow linen. It is yes, thank you. I love it so because it was the one Ciss…  Cissy loved it, too.

rem:  I know you miss her.

Clara:  I truly do, most deeply, Ms… Robin. I truly do. Terribly. Not a day goes by I don’t think of her.

rem: She had such a tragic life.

Clara: It was such a waste. Those horrible words—and that horrid woman.

rem: You knew what happened?

Clara: Mama told me. Much later of course, when Bess was grown.

rem:  You know she struggled, fought against it?

Clara:  Yes. I know she did. She fought valiantly.

rem:  What was it like for you? When you were little?

Clara: [smiles] When we were little we  …  It was as if we were one person. We understood one another, spoke a secret sort of language.  I remember… even as a baby, we could “talk.”  Mama would come in after our nap—well, after my nap. Cissy never did sleep as much as I. We would be chattering away in our room, and Mama would coo and giggle at us. But we weren’t just making noise. I don’t know how I know that, but I surely do.

rem: I’ve heard that about twins.  There’s a bond, a connection.

Clara:  It never did go away. Even when she… even when she became so…

rem: It’s okay, Clara. I know this isn’t easy.

Clara:  Oh, Robin, Cissy was such a lovely girl, sweet and tender, thoughtful of others. And so smart. Why, I never could keep pace with her in our studies, not even after she… changed.

rem:  She was a true prodigy.

Clara: Indeed she was.

rem:  I understand you blamed yourself for what happened.

Clara: Later, yes, when I was older. I struggled with so many emotions. I was hurt and confused. When it first happened—we were so little still, not yet five—I was mad. She wouldn’t speak to me anymore, she wouldn’t play our favorite duets or read with me. She hid away and stayed there for days.

rem: That had  to hurt.

Clara: Deeply.   It broke my heart. I didn’t understand what was happening any more than she did. I thought she was just being mean.

rem: But Cissy never was mean before, was she.

Clara: Wel… no. She never was mean before that.

rem:  How did you accept it? How Cissy had changed.

Clara: I never did truly accept it. I tried to ignore it—I’m sure that hurt her deeply. I think she knew early on that I would always be by her side, but when we were eight or ten, I was so confused. I didn’t know what to do or how to act—so I didn’t. I acted like there was nothing wrong, like it was the way it always had been. Like it was how it was supposed to be. I fear I wounded her further…

[pause]

rem: What of Virgil?

Clara:  I wonder sometimes if not for Virgil, if Ciss and I would have ever made peace. If she might have come back to us…

rem: But she did come back, after your afternoon together. When you sought her out, remember? It wasn’t Virgil that drove her away—

Clara:  —it was that awful Rupert! OH! If ever I was going to hate a man it would be him.

rem: He died soon after, didn’t he?

Clara: He did and I must confess I did not grieve his death. Truly I felt he deserved it.

rem: It was a pretty gruesome death, too, wasn’t it?

Clara:  Very much so. I don’t reckon anyone really knew what happened. [pause] But I do.

rem: Did Cissy tell you?

Clara: She didn’t have to. When I heard what happened, I… knew.  She didn’t do it—well, he was mauled by wolves and wildcats.

rem: Some say it was a bear.

Clara: [shakes head] No. It was wolves and wildcats. I don’t know how I know that.

rem: What a horrible way to die.

Clara:  I’m sure it was. But I can’t say I’m sorry. Lord forgive me, but he deserved it.

rem: I’m so sorry, Clara. Honestly, I feel the same way. And Cissy was more tormented after that…

Clara: [weeping]

rem: Clara, I’m sorry. Tell me about Bess.

Clara: [sniffles] She was such a delightful little girl—so much like Cissy was when she was little.  It was almost as if I had Cissy back.

rem:  That had to be a mixed blessing.

Clara: I reckon it was, bittersweet. I only wish Cissy could have watched her grow up. I wondered if it might have brought her back to us again…

rem:  Possibly. I never thought about that.

Clara: I was honored to be her mother in Cissy’s stead. I loved being a mother, and later a granny. Bessie sure did make us proud. And then she became famous, making her wonderful lovely quilts like she did.

rem: You had some at the house, didn’t you?

Clara: I kept her early ones, yes. And she made new ones just for me, or Sylvia over the years. My favorite one, though, was the pink rosebuds she made for Mama. She hated pink as much as Cissy ever did but she made this one ‘specially for her Granmama’s birthday.

rem: What a treasure.

Clara: I cherished it always.

rem: Clara, it’s been a pleasure having you visit the blog today.

Clara: It was an honor to be here today, Robin.

rem: You’ll both always be in my heart—and my head.

 

 

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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

The unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess and Cissy, is available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowersas well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2017.

 

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BLOGWORDS SPECIAL EDITION – Wednesday 28 September 2016 –  CISSY’S POEMS

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The month of September is a special time for me:

my THIRD novel and sequel to

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the final in the unsavory heritage series,

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will be available 30 on September Amazon

WHEEEEE!!!!!

 

SPECIAL EDITION

CISSY’S POEMS

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Cissy was a prodigy.  She had a high IQ and a photographic memory. Cissy was precocious, and learned easily and readily, and she learned at an early age. She was reading at the age of three, and reciting Scripture and poetry—from memory—and writing her own verses.

 

090716 -  prodigy precocious

 

Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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i am but darkness

from without

and from within

the shadows black

they swallow me

my soul is darker still

shadows deep

from which i seek

the grip upon my soul

they follow me

the eyes they see

in darkness drink my fill

ccc 1881

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it crouches in the dark

it waits for me

it consumes me

it watches me

red eyes

sees me

red eyes

cuts me

red eyes

burns me

it wants me

i cain’t escape

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it watches me

it wants me

it waits for me

it hunts me

there is no escape

i am evil

there is not escape

the flame the flame

it taunts me

it torments me

its tongue

licks my hand

the red eyes

laugh at me

i am evil

there is no escape

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nothing but dark

do i see

nothing but dar

inside of me

they are the Light

clara is the Light

the Light burns me

i  am dark

nothing but dark

in me

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Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth 1

by Arthur Hugh Clough (1819 – 1861)

 

Say not, the struggle nought availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been, things remain;

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves vainly breaking
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward, look, the land is bright.

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Romans 12:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Ecclesiastes 3 King James Version (KJV)

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time.

 

1 John 4:4 King James Version (KJV)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

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FOOTNOTES:

Poem found in

1   A Treasury of Christian Poetry, compiled by Mary Batchelor, published by Gramercy Books, New York, 2004.

** The quoted poems was found online on a public domain site.

 

 

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