Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Nathaniel Sewell.
Nathaniel Sewell is the author of Bobby's Socks and Fishing for Light.
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My inspiration for writing Fishing for Light by Nathaniel Sewell
Throughout my life I have been fortunate, I consider myself blessed and a bit lucky. I think readers might think that an odd comment coming from me, given my first novel was Bobby’s Socks. Because the trigger for writing Bobby’s Socks came after I read an article about the emerging science, Behavioral Epi genetics and the discovery of a linkage between child sexual abuse and suicide. Trust me, if you publish a novel about child sex abuse and suicide, you’ll get a lot of interesting questions. But it was an amazing experience to focus not on my childhood, but focus the novel on the issue and create a method to give a reader a character, Bobby that they might be able to identify with, and perhaps develop the courage to tell someone about their own trauma. And maybe talk about their thoughts of harming themselves. But writing a great novel needs a delicate balance to work well. I’ll quote Keith Urban from an American Idol episode, “Raw is a good place for an artist to be ... it’s where the truth comes out.” But delving into your raw emotions, your subconscious, your truth is not for everybody.
My point, I think literature, storytelling, should be about an issue bigger than yourself. My second novel, Fishing for Light, was inspired by not being afraid to express my thoughts and ideas. If you think about it, what else do I have to hide? It is from that raw emotional state that I allowed all sorts of influences to spring forth. Fishing for Light is a satire, because I prefer to laugh, be playful and not take myself that seriously. But there are several serious themes that underpin the novel. A key inspiration for the story comes from several Salvador Dali paintings, and surrealism. The one painting in particular was the Ecumenical Council. I’ve provided an internet link below, so you can take a look at the masterwork. But it created the framework for Fishing for Light. Because the main character, Eddie Wilcox, who represented the Millennial Generation, he had a life trauma that pushed him off his life track, his destiny and he was unaware of the social, scientific swirl of good versus evil that surrounded his daily life. And from the painting’s description, in a way, Fishing for Light tapped into the idea to “revitalize art by merging modern science with spirituality”.
Another influence for Fishing for Light comes from my interest in Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Transcendentalism. In fact, I used an Emerson quote on the novels inspirations page: “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.”
Life can be random, right? But then again, is there a higher power nudging us in the direction we are destined? As for my writing journey, I read a random article about Behavior Epi genetics that influenced me to write Bobby’s Socks. And then from Bobby’s Socks, I gained the courage and the knowledge to write Fishing for Light. If I can end this blog post with a simple piece of an advice, in whatever part of your life you have a passion - go seek that raw place, and allow yourself to be authentic, and let your truth emerge.