I’d like to thank Marcia Meara for encouraging me to share some of my work in progress. I know this is something many authors have done, but I always tended to shy away from sharing work still in draft.
Last weekend Marcia invited me to share an excerpt of my newest, upcoming book, P.S. I Forgive You. So below, you can read a sneak preview.
I can honestly say that this book has been the most difficult to write of all my books. Writing in memoir can sometimes be painful, but in the same token, cathartic. Reliving unhappy memories as I write, inviting others in to read my stories, my hope is that others can take something from it, perhaps find a place in their own hearts to learn forgiveness.
Thank you, Marcia for inviting me over again to share an excerpt of my work in progress. I’m going to admit I am a bit gun-shy because I never usually share my unpolished work, and please keep in mind this is only a second draft.
This segment is from my upcoming book P.S. I Forgive You. This is the sequel to my memoir, my first book, Conflicted Hearts, which was written and published while my narcissistic mother was still alive. This new book is closure to the hurts from emotional abuse and neglect, with understanding, and ultimately the forgiveness I found for my mother.
Excerpt from WIP – P.S. I Forgive You
It was up to me to break the bad Karma, according to the psychic reader and seer of past lives I was highly recommended to visit, while I was in Sedona, Arizona, early September of 2014.
After she informed me about events that would occur in my life in the coming year, Rayne granted me three questions. Being the skeptic I am, I was careful not to reveal much when having the reading done, in order to gauge how much the reader could tell me without my volunteering information. I merely nodded my head in affirmation when she’d say something accurate. Then I proceeded to ask her my questions.
I asked a minimally phrased question to Rayne, not wanting to divulge anything about my mother. “What about my mother?”
“What about your mother?” Rayne replied. She stared deep into my eyes with an inquisitive raised eyebrow. She looked at me in question, perhaps waiting for more before she told me she didn’t feel the presence of my mother in my life. My eyes held her gaze for a moment, but I didn’t offer another word.
Rayne proceeded to take a large, ancient-looking deck of cards out of a black velvet bag. She informed me these were not regular tarot cards, but her personal cards, handed down to her from past generations from her home in Thailand.
Dominating thoughts of my mother plagued my head with the guilt once again in that moment while Rayne shuffled the cards. I couldn’t seem to stop dwelling on the last time I abandoned my mother seven years before, because I knew, she wouldn’t live out the current year. My torturing thoughts nagged within, battling my indecision about whether or not I had to go see her and say good-bye before she died. Even though I knew it would have been a fruitless exercise, and would have only subjected me to more abuse, I still couldn’t manage to shake the guilt I carried. . .Continue Reading
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Looking forward to the book 🙂
Thanks so much Christoph. 🙂
Beautiful writing and so heartfelt, Debby. I was moved. I need to get reading the first book so I can get this one when it’s ready. 🙂
Thank you so much Diana. A true labour of love. ❤
It’s a good thing, I think, to share from WIP. That’s what my writing blog is about. Most of the time, so far, it’s still unrelated stuff that might find its way into a short story collection. Eventually there will be excerpts from an upcoming novel that I MUST get back to–and the ones that follow. So kudos to you for having the courage to let some of this go. Maybe it will change before the book is published, but so what? You will still be connecting with readers!
Oh, and I like the discussion of karma and connections from the past. If you shared my beliefs, you’d accept the notion that you could choose–in this lifetime, some of the circumstances of your next. Regardless, those who have played a significant role in this lifetime (close relatives, friends, enemies, etc.) will be ones you’re connected to again although that might not be within conscious awareness. Karma applies!
Wow, thanks for sharing that John. I do believe in past lives, and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind some new connections in my next life, apparently 2 rounds with my mother hasn’t worked out, lol. 🙂