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Above the Darkness

INTRODUCTION
Above the Darkness was written mostly in the comfort of a small back yard, on a
small deck belonging to a small house with 5 adults, 3 children and a fat cat occupying it.
Oh- and the occasional blue heron who sat on top of the neighbor’s roof, so he could
scope out fish in their small pond and of course inspire me to keep writing.
I was 22 years old and had just graduated from university the previous year. I was
unemployed and desperately looking for a job in my field of study (psychology) so my
boyfriend and I could move out of his family’s house and start our own wonderful life
together. What I didn’t know at the time is that our wonderful life had already begun.
Being in that living situation not only encouraged me to try harder but it also gave me a
great amount of strength as I was challenged in many different ways. I even fell in and
out of mild depression on many occasions as guilt, and the feeling of uselessness
overwhelmed me.
However, even though there has been a lot of down times in my life, I still was
not the type to give up easily. O ne thing I have learned from my mother is that in order to
purge those negative feelings all you have to do is reach for something you love and
writing was and has always been something I love. I always wanted to write a novel that
inspired others and besides looking for a job, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my
time than to follow my dream. I asked myself many times “what can I write about?” and
“who can I help?” and “how can I help them?” Being a young adult, I didn’t feel
confident I possessed the wisdom necessary to help others, so even though I wanted to
write a non- fiction novel I steered away from it.
One day, I received inspiration for a story, which was eventually to become,
Above the Darkness. The inspiration didn’t bestow upon me as a fully formed idea, and it
wasn’t all neatly mapped out but at least I finally had a direction. Then, when I finally
started writing, I couldn’t stop and committed to it more than anything I ever have in my
life. It became a need and a drive deep within me as I knew it would have a special
meaning not only for me, but others as well. So even though there wasn’t much quiet
time available in the small, crowded house I took advantage of what time I did have,
when everyone else was away at work or school.
Just like the blue heron, there were many helpers and guides that entered my life
and helped me finish this book just as they have helped me in the past through rough
times. This cast of guides and helpers included the people that I lived with at the time the
novel was written, and I will be forever grateful to them for their support. I wanted to get
the message out that if we take the time to listen and observe there are many people,
animals, spirits, and so on that are capable of assisting us through the difficult times in
our lives and can even bring the light back into it when the darkness seems too
overwhelming.
I didn’t realize before writing Above the Darkness who it was meant for. In the
moment, it was just for me, as I was discovering myself again and getting reconnected
with my spirit. As time went on I’ve come to realize my greatest intention in life, which
has been subtly manifesting itself from when I was a little girl to the moment I finished
writing this novel. At that time, I was still looking for a job in psychology (specifically
something that involved helping children) as it has always been a passion of mine. I
didn’t realize that while I was looking for this “perfect” job I was actually already
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