In Buddhist philosophy one learns that suffering is the normal human condition. The more humans try to control things, the more they suffer. We become angry or depressed when the world does not unfold as we wish, when people or events do not meet our expectations. We agonize when our dreams do not come true. The truth is we cannot fully control our life. However, we can control what we expect from life and how we react and move on in the face of suffering.
It is easy to fall in love during a crisis, particularly when your life is at risk because it puts what is truly important in sharp relief. Of course, I choose to make falling in love its own struggle in my suspense novels because my experience has been that the way men and women handle life and death issues is often not the same and that existential difference can provide a seemingly impossible wedge in the romance.
For me it is more than good guys and bad guys, guns and murders and kick-butt heroes or heroines that save the day. It is equally as much about the people who participate in the war on evil and how they choose to assert themselves. It is also about the aftermath of whatever they choose to do. Even a hardened Marine feels bad when he or she kills someone. What does it do to you to take that in and live with it? Or, what does it do to a person who believes peace or love conquers all but is faced with someone who cannot be conquered?
My new series, Shadow Finders, is about three Marine Corp buddies who form an organization to help find those who have disappeared, are presumed dead, or perhaps never existed. The first book in the series, Expendable, sets up a retired Marine with PTSD who is confronted with a dead woman and a boy with no identity found in his backyard on Mt. Hood. It asks questions about biogenetics, medical experimentation, and how we allow not only individuals but entire groups of people to become expendable—whether that is by sending them to war, feeling overwhelmed by the incessant cry for help from those less fortunate, or justify harming others for some common good. It is the hero's experience in Expendable that causes him to set up the Shadow Finder organization.
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Currently the series is planned as a trilogy—three Marine Corp buddies thus three books. However, the conceptual framework of the Shadow Finders organization would allow for more books if readers want them. Each book stands alone. There are no cliffhangers from one book to the next. The second book, Vanished, will be out in the Fall and the third book, Silenced will be out in December or January. You can find all of my books at http://maggielynch.com.
What do you do in the face of struggle? How do you handle a direct challenge to your beliefs and expectations?