Quotable: Embracing One’s Story

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote reflects one aspect of Meg’s journey as a character – the Phantom represents exciting, impossible things to her, and she’s always wanted to know more about him.  Her journey over the course of the trilogy, though, is to take ownership of her own story.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Social Isolation, Phantom-style

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote is from one of the more famous moments, when the Phantom leads Christine through the mirror.  It’s the first time they touch, and one of the few times in the book that the Phantom touches anyone.  The Phantom’s isolation, particularly from any direct human contact, is a theme throughout the trilogy.  I wrote all this before social isolation in response to a pandemic became a present reality, and I wonder if some of it may read a bit differently now…

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Self-Aware Tragic Heroes

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the Phantom’s tragedies is that he believes in his own tragic arc – and doesn’t believe life can go differently for him.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Some things, you just don’t do

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I thought it would be fun to offer a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the most iconic scenes in the Phantom mythos is when Christine unmasks the Phantom.  In my version, we see that happen from the Phantom’s perspective, and hear about it again in Meg Giry’s point of view.  Meg is appalled by the whole business, and I have to agree with her!

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable Henry Ward Beecher

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
― Henry Ward Beecher

Quotable Randy Pausch

“Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories, and they will figure out how those stories apply to them.”

– Randy Pausch

Quotable Erin Morganstern

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narration. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

– Erin Morganstern, The Night Circus