Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Unholy: Love and Rage

By Paul DeBlassie III (Guest Blogger)

The stronger the character in terms of capacity for both love and rage the more compelling they are and it is in this that the true character is birthed. Love and rage are in essence the nests in which the characters are cared for and nourished and then allowed to fly free.

I find that I must dip into my own capacity for primal feelings of love and rage in order to discover that aspect of myself that is like the character, has been like or felt like the character feels in the situation. It’s critical to always allow this to move the story forward and not get stuck by over thinking the character, to just hit and go into the emotional life of the character and let the character then tell me what he or she wants to express. 

The rage in particular can be horrifying because of our human capacity to inflict injury on others or society. To then express this on the page leaves me feeling vulnerable yet also true to myself within this dimension of storytelling. It’s mind boggling for me to experience the rage of the character and what the character like Archbishop William Anarch in The Unholy wants to do and does to innocent human beings. 

Claire Sanchez, the medicine woman, on the other hand needs to find rage, a healthy aggression, that has gone awry in Anarch, and only by doing this, if she can, will she potentially be able to discover the strength to fight the powerful archbishop.


A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past, is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.


“Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.

Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.

All but two flew off, disappearing into the piƱon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.

Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.

Author Information

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic. 

Dr. DeBlassie is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Paul,

Thanks for being my guest today. Your book sounds really intriguing, and your bio makes me very curious! Good luck with your tour.

wyndwhisper said...

what i liked the best is that the excerpt was awesome, what i liked least is it was to short! LOL! i look forward to reading the rest of the book and seeing what happens next.

tammy ramey

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D./SoulCare said...

Thank you for hosting The Unholy. Targeting Love and Rage was genius!

Lori Ringel said...

The excerpt can definitely be called a teaser! It sound very intriguing. Thanks.

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D./SoulCare said...

Also...u on fb? wanted to friend u but can't find u...let me know :)

Beckey said...

Interesting short excerpt thanks for sharing... Seems like good book to read, thanks for sharing

Rita Wray said...

Paul the post was very interesting, thank you.

Meljprincess said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. The book appeals to me greatly!

Anonymous said...

The excerpt definitely sets a mood!

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MomJane said...

Loved this excerpt. I really enjoy reading your comments.

Urb said...

Fascinating! A lot more depth and complexity here than the norm. Thank you!

Natasha said...

Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
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Debby said...

I enjoyed reading your explanations. Very informative.
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Unknown said...

I liked how he creates his characters. So very intriguing.
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Lisabet Sarai said...

Hi, Paul,

I'm not on FB for privacy reasons. But I'd be delighted if you want to email me off list (lisabet --- at --- I AM on Goodreads.

H.B. said...

It definitely has piqued my interest. I'm already forming questions about what going on between Elizabeth and Claire and how the crows play into everything.

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Unknown said...

Survivors of the dark side of religion...I can relate. Powerful excerpt!

Unknown said...

What a great excerpt. Keep them coming.

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