Author Interview #22, with fantasy author, George Straatman!
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Hi George! Please share a short excerpt and
blurb of your work (10-100 words):
The Converging: Closures in Blood is the concluding volume of George Straatman’s epic Converging horror trilogy. Populated by a cast of dark and richly detailed characters, Closures in Blood is a frenetic rollercoaster ride into the darkest depths of the Converging universe.
The room was stifling and steeped in expectant tension. Beyond the open doorway, torrential rain pounded down on the teeming jungle, while howling wind bowed the massive trees as though they were little more than saplings. To the room’s two occupants, the monsoon was a distant event…something from a lesser reality of which they were not a part. Teacher and eager pupil, the two were naked, kneeling face to face at the centre of the small enclosure; attention riveted squarely upon each other.
—The Converging: Closures in Blood, Chapter 1 (Dark Birth)
Is there one common theme that ties the three segments of the trilogy together?
This is first and foremost, a horror trilogy and its roots are fixed deep in the dark soil of the supernatural thriller genre, but the story transcends the genre to become more of an intense drama about one woman’s thirty-five year search for a degree of normalcy after the foundations of her life have been eradicated by cataclysm events. Elizabeth’s painful and often tragic journey is really a metaphor for perseverance and a sustained belief in the compelling power of hope. The horror elements merely serve as a vehicle through which this story is told.
How long did it take to complete the full Converging cycle?
The full cycle took twenty-five years to write from the first moment I took up a pen and began the first page of the original novel until the moment I decided that I was happy with the end product of Closures in Blood. The characters of the story become constant companions of sorts…who I’ve come to care about and develop an emotional attachment to.
Was there a single facet of this story that would stand out as the most difficult to write?
The segment of the story that dealt with the teenage runaway, Cassandra Jasic, was perhaps one of the most difficult that I’ve ever written. The scene in which she reveals the story of the abuse she suffered as a child was difficult to write…and equally difficult to read. Ultimately, horror is an emotional response and Cassandra Jasic’s hellish ordeal goes a long way toward justifying the depth of psychosis she demonstrates in the story. The tone of segments such as this one is critical — an author has to be attuned to the need for presenting this type of material in a way that does not make it gratuitous, or even worse, appears to condone the actions being depicted.
Are there any specific moral concepts contained within this final novel?
It would be difficult to write a two thousand page story without inculcating some personal philosophy into the fabric of the story. The story is violent and bloody, but beneath this, there resonates a subtle judgment on the nature of this violence. The story also holds an implied statement on the nature of seduction, and the way that an individual’s personal prejudices can ensnare them into accepting things that both dangerous and illogical.
Much thanks to Mr. Straatman for being a guest today!