Throwback….With Lynn Hortel

The idea for my novel, Throwback, began when I moved to Joshua Tree, California and fell in love with the surreal desolation of the place- it’s twisted beauty. It does feel like another world when surrounded by all those Joshua trees- like right out of a Dr. Seuss book. Some believe it has vortexes- masses of swirling energy that cause various effects, from healing to paranormal activity to UFO’s, and provides portals to other dimensions.

throwback-wsAlso, I had written a short story about a creepy little diner out in the desert where employees and local customers have paranormal experiences. That inspired The Pink Pig Diner in the book. And I’m sure my years as a coffee shop waitress had something to do with it. The diner will appear in future stories.

While writing Throwback, I had a relationshipTREE with the land I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I fell in love, you might say. Every day I took long walks with paper and pen. That’s when I found some of the settings in the book, most of which I used for the serial killer’s property. I wrote those scenes right there in front of the old heap of abandoned wood and metal and dirty cloth.

The connection remained until I finished the novel. Then someone bought up the abandoned properties I used to create those scenes, and they built a new age retreat, or maybe a unique airbnb. Last time I went for a walk over there, they had a bed fit for a giant, right outside under the stars. RV’s surroundeded the ramshackled house I used. Other abandoned structures have been remodeled. Sometimes, at night, I hear faraway drumming. Not sure what all that is about—maybe it’s another story.

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Lynn Hortel

Now I still love Joshua tree but don’t feel inexplicably attached. I can move. Although, I would miss it. Do I believe in vortexes? I don’t know for sure. Who am I to say? Something special did happen between me and the dirt here. And when the artistic expression was complete, the energy dissipated, goal accomplished. It might all be in my head, but that was my experience. Throwback wouldn’t exist without Joshua tree. As the vortexes conjured up the subconscious monsters from the characters, the land pulled the story from me.

Some psychologists and horror enthusiasts believe that watching horror movies or reading horror books act as a catharsis to help resolve non-fictional fears or unresolved trauma. Peter Straub’s Ghost Story and Stephen King’s The Shining explore the negative effects past unresolved trauma can have on the present. In Throwback, characters confront monsters unleashed by supernatural forces sparked by their subconscious and suppressed memories of trauma or abuse.

Also, I had written a short story about a creepy little diner out in the desert where employees and local customers have paranormal experiences. That inspired The Pink Pig Diner in the book. And I’m sure my years as a coffee shop waitress had something to do with it. The diner will appear in future stories.

While writing Throwback, I had a relationship with the land I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I fell in love, you might say. Every day I took long walks with paper and house.pen. That’s when I found some of the settings in the book, most of which I used for the serial killer’s property. I wrote those scenes right there in front of the old heap of abandoned wood and metal and dirty cloth.

The connection remained until I finished the novel. Then someone bought up the abandoned properties I used to create those scenes, and they built a new age retreat, or maybe a unique Airbnb. Last time I went for a walk over there, they had a bed fit for a giant, right outside under the stars. RV’s surrounded the ramshackle house I used. Other abandoned structures have been remodelled. Sometimes, at night, I hear faraway drumming. Not sure what all that is about—maybe it’s another story.

Now I still love Joshua tree but don’t feel house!inexplicably attached. I can move. Although, I would miss it. Do I believe in vortexes? I don’t know for sure. Who am I to say? Something special did happen between me and the dirt here. And when the artistic expression was complete, the energy dissipated, goal accomplished. It might all be in my head, but that was my experience. Throwback wouldn’t exist without Joshua tree. As the vortexes conjured up the subconscious monsters from the characters, the land pulled the story from me.

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