Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret that’s driving him insane. Desperate to see him ascend into Heaven she breaks the rules about becoming involved and keeping her identity a secret. Her risky decision to stay in Purgatory to help Ben seems a good plan. Except they’ve been stuck for ten years already and Ben is no closer to ascending. The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones, throws Rachael’s wings into a tailspin. The instant attraction between Jet and Ben means the angel’s work is getting ignored. And without her help, Ben’s soul will be trapped and she will have failed in her mission. But Jet’s appearance also brings a chilling revelation. Maybe Ben’s soul isn’t the only one that needs saving.
We all love a good book. A good book takes us on a journey to another realm…and this is the case with DL Richardson’s book The Bird With The Broken Wing.
Although the plot line of this book takes place in purgatory, DL Richardson makes the plot and characters easy to believe and credible. The reader finds themselves looking in on the main characters of the story as they reason out why they have been put in a strange place and where they happen to be. It is a story that will build up empathy about life and its meaning.
The Bird With The Broken Wing is an engaging story about the possibilities of the after life–about love and forgiveness and coming to terms with the things that happen within the fabric of life’s journey.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading paranormal or spiritual material.
Interview with DL:
1. How did you become interested in writing?
I used to be a singer/songwriter/musician so I’ve always loved music, art, reading, creative writing, all forms of art and literature really. I was playing in a band when I realized that while I loved music, it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. I sat down and thought about what it was I wanted to do forever and the idea to write novels came to me. I was reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King novels at the time and I was impressed with the number of books they had published and I decided that I wanted to write many, many, many books. I’ve never given up on this idea so it must have been the right decision for me.
2. What genre(s) do you write and what do you like about writing that genre(s)?
I write fantasy. I guess my influences, Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Anne Rice, have really impacted the genres I write. The strange thing is that I read a lot of contemporary fiction too, and that’s why I like to blend the two styles, and not just write about paranormal creatures. My books feature true life characters in true life situations and I use fantasy settings to explore the issues of teen suicide, post traumatic stress disorder, teen pregnancy, organ donations, video game addiction etc.
3. What is your favorite book and why?
I’d have to say The Outsiders by S E Hinton because I read it in school and it blew me away. As a teenager I thought (as most teenagers do) that I was alone in the world and nobody understood me. And then I read this book, which was written by a young writer who just said all the right things in a book. It kick started my love of reading which eventually turned to a love of writing as well, because I too wanted to write young adult fiction novels that connected with the reader and left them thinking they weren’t alone in the world.
4. Some more favorites: colors, foods, places, activities?
COLOR – My favorite color is mid tone grey, don’t ask me why! I just love the harmony it represents when I see it. Perhaps because it sits in the middle. Who knows?
FOODS – My favorite foods would be pastries. I can’t walk into a bakery and NOT buy something yummy to eat.
PLACES – My favorite place to be, chill out, is home! Dorothy got it right when she said “There’s no place like home!” My favorite place to feel loved is with my family. My favorite place to sit and contemplate life is on a quiet beach or in an empty field. My favorite place to have a laugh is with friends in a restaurant or bar. My favorite place to get a good night’s sleep is camping. My favorite place to connect with other people is at writer’s events.
ACTIVITIES – I like to play my piano and guitar, walk the dog, go camping, write and read! (Of course)! I love to go skiing and I’m booked to ski in Canada next February so I’m super excited about that.
5. What inspires you to write and why?
I don’t know that anything inspires me, but I know I have this burning need to write and if it were banned I would find a way to write under a blanket with a flashlight and paper and notepad. It’s just something I have to do. And I’ll see this journey through until the end.
6. What do you want your readers to remember about you?
That I told them a great and beautiful story and maybe I brightened their world and gave them the courage to keep going.
7. If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be?
The piece of advice I give to everyone who goes out there are chases dreams is, “Do it, but remember that nobody asked you to.” The reason I say this is people can get quite negative when they don’t get the validation they expect when they do something. I see it on Facebook, I hear it in their voices. You should do it because you have a burning desire to do it, not to seek fame and glory. Be happy, be at peace, and everything will fall into place. And if nobody stands up and cheers you on, why should you expect them to? You’re doing what you want to do, not what they asked you to do.
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