Book: Marsha's Deal by Laura Solomoncategories: Book, Nuns, Good versus Evil, Fate, Free Will, Hell, Saints, Magic Realism, Orphanage, Feminism, Foster Children, Deal with the Devil
Laura Solomonabout this book: Marsha's Deal is the tale of a lady with a rare and debilitating disease that turns body parts to bone when damaged. She suicides, her spirit goes to hell where she meets the Devil and makes a fatal deal. I was inspired to write about somebody with a rare disease as I myself live with a rare type of brain tumour, although I have had a craniotomy. From writing my book I learned not to be such a little red hen, but to let other people help me. I have support from workers employed by the hospital board to help people with disabilities, and one of them Kerryn Young was of invaluable assistance to me when writing this book, sitting beside me and providing inspiration and ideas. Although Marsha travels through some dark times in the journey of life, the book ends on a positive note and I wanted to give readers a sense of hope. The book deals with timeless universal themes such as fate versus free will and good versus evil. The Devil is a major character in Marsha's Deal and also in the sequel which I am currently at work on. Major sections of the sequel are set in hell.
The book offers the reader the benefit of knowing that although they may deal with trouble in their life, in the form of disease or divorce or financial hardship, they can still pull through and be happy and successful, with success being defined on their own terms, and not on anybody else's. The book took about six months to write. Marsha makes a crucial deal in the novel and that is how I came up with the title. The primary readers would be an adult and young adult audience. The hardest part of writing the book was keeping it positive and not too dark; I tried to inject humour for this purpose. I did research into rare diseases for this book. I wanted to say to people that they should keep persevering in life even through tough times, because you never know when your luck will change. LJS
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