At a recent author event, an audience member asked me how I keep upbeat when most of my writing revolves around troubled souls who get into trouble. The most obvious answers come to mind. I have a husband who pulls me away from the computer. I have kids to attend to. I have a great group of friends to have fun with. The most honest answer, however, comes from deep within. Simply put: I don't think delving into darkness is a bad thing.
Have you ever met someone who you know instinctively to stay the heck away from? Do you know someone who is so needy, so clingy, that you suspect he or she has some big issues to deal with? Of course, you do. But I don't think any of us should be so quick to point the finger. Not one of us has had the luxurious privilege of walking this earth unscathed -- it's just a question as to what degree we are scarred. And if we do carry baggage around, shouldn’t we dump it?