Near-Death Scenes are Riveting
“I’m alive. I’m dead. I’m in-between.”
So goes the first line of Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies.
Gina, the heroine is lying on a gurney, being rushed into the emergency room. She has the sensation of a part of her—maybe her soul or her spirit—rising from her physical body. Hovering on top of it. Watching it like a detached observer. She seems to feel neither fear nor anxiety seeing her physical self dying slowly.
This description of what happens to her does have a basis. There’s at least one group that chronicles near-death experiences. At this site, one person who suffered from a head injury recalls:
“finding myself floating over a scene unfolding on the ground below me.”
I’ve heard similar accounts from other people who were about to lose consciousness. or who seemed on the brink of death. Fortunately, they survived to recount their experiences. Experiences that often seem surreal, that can make you feel you’ve landed in a world you’ve never seen nor will see again in your life.
I’ve placed a similar scene in Hello, My Love, an earlier book (yes, we do repeat ourselves) I wrote. The heroine was hit by a car and at some point,
… she felt too weak, too drained to care. She was floating on a groundswell—up, down, up, down.
Near-death experiences make for a riveting read, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. Though they may scare us, we can’t help being fascinated by them.
I had an outline in my mind of what happens in Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies. Without giving it much thought, I chose to open the story with a near-death scene. Having made this decision, those first three short sentences seemed a most natural way to begin.
So, I wrote them down. Paused. Read the line of three sentences out loud. Hearing it again in my head, I knew I had a good hook.
I revised the Prologue more than once. But that opening line of three sentences has endured.
We are always fascinated by love and death (or near-death). Look back on the novels you’ve read. Among them, is there a book that doesn’t include love or death or both?
Book Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey
Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Literary / Women's Fiction
Publisher: Sojourner Books
Release date: December 2017
Tour dates: Feb 1 to 16, 2018
Content Rating: R (Two bedroom scenes)
Cooking a wonderful meal is an act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of a meal; it also feeds the soul of the person who creates it. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother.
Gina is a young woman born to poor parents; a nobody (her words) who wants to taste life outside the world she was born into and her passion for cooking is all she has to help her do so. She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where she finds a world of a privileged class with money to spare for dinners that cost hundreds of dollars. A world of new friends and new challenges—one that exposes her to fascinating people who’re also gripped by dark motives.
Amidst her culinary adventures, she becomes good friends with pastry chef Marcia, and falls in love, in different ways, with, two very different men: Leon, a rich regular client who has been dating Cristi, her friend from childhood, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This other world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger that eventually threatens her life.
Can the lessons she learned from her mother about cooking and life help Gina survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure and unexpected danger?
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Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.
She's a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.
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