What would you do if your whole world fell apart?
If you were thrown into witness protection, a person you loved dearly died suddenly or you became involved in a life-changing criminal case through no fault of your own?
In our everyday lives of getting up, going to work, going for drinks with friends, spending time with family, it’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of what some people would term a boring everyday existence.
But the unexpected does happen, and more often than people think. Learning to live with the unexpected is a huge part of life whether we like it or not. Every day things do happen to us that we didn’t plan, and certainly didn’t expect, and for a few minutes, an hour, or maybe longer, our lives are thrown onto a new course, forcing us to experience something different, testing our stress levels and emotions. Most of the time we deal with it, brush ourselves down breathe a big sigh of relief and step back into the footsteps of our continuing life.
So, what happens when the unexpected is so life-altering it changes your way of life completely?
That’s what we learn in Temperance. Every character is dealing with something big. A situation that’s changed the way they think, and the way they live their lives. The interesting thing is how they deal with it and what the end result is.
As with everything in life, there’s a positive and a negative. People can either live through the situation positively (or as positively as they can), deal with it and learn from it and become better people. OR. They can take it badly, wallow in what has happened, let it rule their lives, and affect them so they can never move on or live happily again.
So, what would you do? If the worst happened to you, taking you out of your normal day-to-day routine? Would you wade in and deal and just do the best you could until the situation is resolved? I think it’s hard to say, as each situation is different, and it’s what I thought about when writing Temperance. Each character has a huge problem to face, and in their shoes, I’ve no idea how I would cope.
It’s easy to think that when the unexpected occurs we’d all be strong of character and face it head-on, but sometimes life isn’t like that. In the end, all we can do is take life day by day, in the hope that we never have to face the worst.
Temperance is book 2 of the Moon Series
Chrissie Parker is an English author of 8 published works, including novels, shorts stories and poetry.
To learn more, explore her website and learn more about her love of writing, the inspiration for her books and the country's she's visited on her travels! https://www.chrissieparker.com
I love the world and all it contains. A large planetary mass of land and sea, which holds wondrous beauty, incredible cultures, and thousands of years of history. From the lush green forests of the Amazon to the sweeping sands of the Sahara Desert. The world is a haven of mystery waiting to be explored.
I’ve always been fascinated with history, travel, and archaeology. Why our ancestors did what they did. The inventions they created. The battles they fought. The clues to ancient life they left behind. I’ve been lucky to travel to some amazing places. I've seen the Pyramids of Giza, walked through the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, and toured the caldera of Crater Lake in Oregon, USA. Each held a unique fascination and made me eager to learn more about this great world of ours.
My interest in history began when I was young. I don't remember the exact moment, but I do know that history was something I’ve always loved and wanted to learn more about. I used to go on day trips with my family to visit ruinous castles, old archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury, and old country houses. In the UK we’re incredibly lucky. The country has a unique and lengthy history, and it was exciting learning about it; King Arthur, the Romans, the Tudors, to name but a few.
For me, though it was the pull of foreign lands. At school, we did a project on Egypt, and I was hooked. I loved everything about it, the pyramids, the temples, the strange gods and goddesses, and it made me want to learn more. I wanted to be an archaeologist, but unfortunately, life took me in a different direction, but that love of all things historical has remained with me and continued to grow. So much so, that coupled with my interest in travel, I’ve found the perfect combination for writing material.
Among the Olive Groves is a good example of that. The dream getaway destination of Zakynthos in Greece merges with the history of World War two to make a unique story. It was also the location for the short story An Ionian Dream Wedding.
Wind Across the Nile allowed me to create an exciting story in a country I love, melding the plots with history and sites that I truly love.
I left my heart in Petra allowed me to revel in the beauty of the inspiring country of Jordan and its world-famous site of Petra.
Crater Lake in Oregon was the inspiration for the location setting of both books Integrate and Temperance from the Moon Series. It’s a truly stunning place!
My combined love of history and travel means that I’ve many ideas for books. I'm looking forward to one day being able to write about all the places I’ve visited and love. For me, it truly is a passion, and I hope that passion will shine through in my work and make people want to share my love of these incredible places; so much so that they will want to visit them too.
Welcome to my blog, My occasional ramblings will take you on a journey through many subjects, from my books, to history, as well as what it's like to be a writer and my love of travelling! Enjoy the updates!