A family secret is unearthed by an excavator’s shovel. In an effort to find answers, David Montgomery uncovers more questions. They eventually lead him on a journey of discovery that turns his comfortable life into one he could never have imagined.
This is a story of intrigue and deceit that enters one generation and has its outcome in the next. “The sins of the father shall be visited on the son.”
The Challenge: Through a Glass, Darkly
Six members of Brockville’s writers group Writers’ Ink accepted a challenge to write a book together. Writer’s Ink co-founder Anne “Bunty” Loucks wrote a novel titled In a Rosedale Garden over 20 years ago. Although it was released as a newspaper serial, it was never published as a book. The challenge accepted by the authors was to use In a Rosedale Garden as the plot, and each author would re-write their own chapter in their own style. The result is a novel titled Through a Glass, Darkly. Both novels have been combined together and published in one book. The book is titled In a Rosedale Garden but it also contains the author collaborative titled Through a Glass, Darkly.
The authors of Through a Glass, Darkly are: Anne Bunty Loucks, Patricia Cove, Dan Trafford, Dorothy Bush, Betty Cunningham, Marike Harris, R. Patricia Capitain.
I have always allowed macabre literature and art to nurture my creativity. In the bedroom of my adolescence, decorated with cat drawings, tapestry prints, back-painted porcelain skulls, and pewter candle holders with tapered candles, I would snuggle up to my cats and write stories in gothic scenarios and allow my passion for the world around me to inspire my drawings.
Now a freelance writer and artistic painter in Brockville, Ontario, I invite sunshine and beauty to the home I share with my common law husband and two children. Once the children are asleep, I entertain my passion for ominous writing and illustrating.
When first approached to write a chapter in the collaborative novel, I was both intimidated and honoured to be included in such a unique venture so close to Bunty’s heart. After I read the flawless original version, I was enchanted by the chilling scenes and character descriptions. It was so well written that I wanted to learn from her eloquent and playful style and respectfully merge it with my own.
Embarking on such a project with other members of Writers’ Ink was one of the most fun, yet challenging, writing assignments that I have ever taken on. The other authors involved each took one chapter and gave it completely different colours with individual, quirky approaches to the subject matter that I believe did justice to Bunty Loucks, an artist and a writer who is an inspiration to all.