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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Setting of Emotional Turbulence in Remember Me
In your book Remember Me, the character Mary Margaret goes through alot in her life, and I don't understand why she gives up in the end. It seems like she's smart, but she doesn't "get it." I just wanted to smack her and say, "wake up!"
Thanks for the great question, Linda. During my own divorce in '95, I watched many families struggle with the family court system. If people cannot agree, the cases go on and on, family resources are depleted, and when domestic violence is present, it is often exacerbated because the inept system is used as a weapon of abuse.
In researching for the book, I spent a great deal of time interviewing family members in divorce and family court, and heard countless stories of suicide, hopelessness and despair. I felt there was an important statement to be made, and that we can do better with our laws and in our courts for families in these situations. I also spent a great deal of time consulting with psychologists and therapists on the subject, and on how to develop a character that would eventually succumb to despair.
While half way through my second novel, I was inspired to create a trilogy that would resurrect the Mary Margaret character from Remember Me, and redeem her. I agree with you, she is smart and has many possibilities before her, but in Remember Me she also is trapped in a mindset of worthlessness that family violence reinforces for her. It seems to me a slap would be just another slap to her, as it is to many men and women caught in the web of domestic abuse that our current societal norms and laws support by inadequate court action and looking the other way.
Your good question, Linda, leads me to one of my own. At what point in our lives to we begin to examine and understand our emotions, what role they play in our lives, and how they enrich or limit us?
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Through her company, Molly Brogan Enterprises, Molly collaborates with other artists on projects from news articles to book design. Molly herself is the author of five books, most recently, All About Living, a book of essays. The forthcoming Shadow Dancing, is the third of a trilogy of novels. Remember Me is the first book in the trilogy, and Chasing Twilight is the second. A Blaze of Light is a compilation of poems for the three novels of this trilogy. And Without a Word is an experimental play that illustrates the processes of man’s becoming.
Molly authors two blogs: Conversations With Chris Bernard, recipient of the prestigious Avatar Award; and Molly Brogan, Author, a blog that facilitates discussion of Molly’s books with her readers.
The Internet Forum group that Molly administers is the Blog Catalog group Dialogue Raises Consciousness.