When faced with a crisis its the conversations in your head that can make or break you.
Jay has found her real mother, Alice, and, seeing herself in the mirror for the first time in years, is deeply shocked. Her body is deteriorating rapidly due to her drug addiction. Jay faces a further crisis when her speed-addicted partner, Eric, makes a sale involving a toddler, screaming for her mother not to take the drug. How can Jay meet her mother and find out the mystery of her beginnings with her head held high, when her heart is torn with such shame?
But what is happening in Jay’s mind as she wrestles with this conflict? The challenging side of her brain is desperate to drive the transformation but the protective side of her brain is equally enthusiastic to maintain the status quo. Who will win?
Mind Minders takes a fascinating look inside Jay’s mind. It exposes the complexities and facets of her nature but most of all, Mind Minders reveals the dynamic power humans always have to change.
This manuscript was short-listed (one of three) for the Horizon Publishing Group's Outstanding Literary Awards.
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... blown away ... very powerful novel and very clever how you have been able to characterise the features of the brain and turn them into pseudo-people, scurrying around inside the mind, trying to hold it all together. I fell in love with The Challenger and The Executive, trying so hard to get everything right. I am in awe of your achievement and inspired to do some of my own writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mind Minders. The concept of personifying the main parts of the nervous system is personally appealing. As a literary device, the inner play added depth to the characters and showed how each one is predisposed by prior neurological patterning to particular actions and experiences. I think you worked this device well. The picture of Bob, a traumatized boy alone and forlorn in a small bare room, has archetypal power.
It was a pleasure to read and an excellent piece of writing. You are in your element when narrating the intense and complex life experiences associated with happenings that are out of the main stream of society, yet still very prevalent and relevant.
Sometimes we fight within ourselves to change. One part of us wants to change for to improve ourselves while another part wants to keep enjoying the momentary pleasures. This is the story of Jay's internal battle and as many of us do, Jay has to get very low before she can determine to change.
Everything that has ever happened to us is buried inside. Sometimes painful memories can remain hidden. Sometimes that's okay. Other times we need to draw out that pain, look at it again and shift our perceptions to find healing. Alice manages to do this in a moving, stirring confrontation within herself.
Narcissism, bullying, overbearing behaviour can be intimidating. But Eric shows us the reality. Despite his exuberant, confident self-belief, inside he is a broken little boy. Life forces us sometimes to bring alignment to what we believe about ourselves and what we want to believe about ourselves. Eric is given this opportunity. Can he do it?
Holding a value but behaving with different values brings cognitive dissonance. All three characters in this narrative must find a way to end their internal conflicts. Jay overcoming her addiction, Alice confronting her sexual repression, Eric his false self belief. All of them found their answers in ... Mind Minders
What drives my creativity is a passion to challenge myself and my readers to think about the world differently. I want to probe the deep themes of life and the human condition. What's wonderful about creative writing is that the process itself enables me, as a writer, to immerse myself in scenarios and concepts beyond my lived experience. I'm enabling my readers to do the same.
This process of writing and reading creates an opportunity to challenge existing perceptions. This encapsulates the power we all have within us to change and gives hope for ourselves, our loved ones and ... the world.
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