Friday, November 29, 2019

#104 Inside the Emotion of Fiction "MYSTIC EMBRACE" by Charlotte Blackwell

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****Charlotte Blackwell’s MYSTIC EMBRACE is #104 in the never-ending series called INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION where the Chris Rice Cooper Blog (CRC) focuses on one specific excerpt from a fiction genre and how that fiction writer wrote that specific excerpt.  All INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION links are at the end of this piece. 

Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date? Mystic Embrace published by WCP.

Where did you do most of your writing for this fiction work? And please describe in detail. And can you please include a photo? I write in my room, I have a desk set up, but am commonly in bed while I write. I have an autoimmune disease which causes lots of pain and fatigue. I try to work where I am comfortable.

What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? My biggest writing habit is having some kind of background noise. It could be music, or the television, but I need something. I usually write directly to my laptop but also have the ability to write on my phone if the mood strikes. Sometimes I write in the early morning or late night, I have no real set routine.

Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? I think the excepts for all my books give a good feeling of what is happening in each book. The Embrace Series reads in chronological order and each book does little re-caps to catch the reader up again.

Please include just one excerpt and include page numbers as reference. This one excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer.

From Book 3 Mystic Embrace page 137
Nurse Kathi along with Sophia, Matilda, and Danika all leave the room, so I can try to get some rest. As I try to calm myself. I begin to feel extremely warm; the air seems to thicken as it becomes harder to breathe.  My palms begin to itch, followed by the soles of my feet giving me the feeling as if I was playing in poison ivy all day. I want to tear my skin off. As I move my feet around on the bed try to relieve the itching. I notice a slowing of beeping sound and look at the monitor and the baby's heart rate dropping from 160 beats per minute to 52 beats. Realizing that something is going wrong, I look for the buzzer to call the nurse, but I can't find it anywhere. My heart starts pounding through my chest as I reach for the phone, which also isn’t there. I jump to my feet in an attempt to run and get help but the IV’s attached to the bed, and I can't move more than two feet.
“HELP! Somebody, please help me. Something's wrong,” I try to scream as my voice cracks from fear.
Constance and Kathi both run back into the room, and frantically check the monitor as I explain what I'm feeling. Sophia and her sisters are right behind them. Constance pulls out this long wire and begins another internal exam.
“Ebony, I’m attaching this wire to the baby's head. This will tell me with certainty if it’s the baby's heart rate is dropping.”
“What's happening? Is my baby going to be okay?” I begin to panic and cry even harder.
“I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure your baby’s okay. I think you’re reacting to the medication we gave you,” Constance explains as Kathi quickly takes down the medication bag and flushes the line with saline solution.
“Okay Ebony, the baby’s in distress and we need to deliver you now. We need to do an emergency cesarean section, and get the baby out as fast as possible,” Constance explains.
“But Matt isn't here yet.”
“I know kiddo, but we need to do this now. I’m going to take care of you and your baby.” Constance kisses my forehead. “Sophia and Mati will tell him what’s happening when he arrives. They can show him where we are, so he can wait outside the O.R.
Sophia nods in agreement.
Constance and Kathi push the bed down the hall, almost running, “Move, Move!” they scream.
All I notice is other pregnant women jumping back through their bedroom doors to get out of the way.
“Okay Ebony, I need you to move over to the operating table. I'm going to prepare for the surgery and the nurses here are going to prep you and help clean you up for the operation. We don't have much time, so we need to get you to sleep,” Constance explains me.
The nurses begin to spray this rust color solution all over my stomach. As the doctor behind me injects a different medication into my IV line, which Kathi had capped and left in-situ.
He then says, “Ebony I’m going to place this mask over your mouth and nose. I want you to breathe deeply and count backward from ten. This is a combination of inhaled anesthetic and oxygen. The medication that I placed in your IV is also an anesthetic. You'll be asleep and won’t feel anything during your surgery; you'll wake up shortly after it's complete.”
I’m so scared, Matt isn’t here. I didn't see Sophia outside and I’m scared something might happen to my baby. I notice Constance walk in with her hands up in the air and surgical gloves on. She smiles at me and nods. I don't think I've ever breathed so deeply in my life. I want to fall asleep as fast as possible, so Constance can save my baby.
I begin to count, “ten, nine, eigh….”

Why is this excerpt so emotional for you as a writer to write? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? This except is very personal to me as it actually describes with perfect detail what happened when I delivered my first child Jorden. I was twenty- two and no one had arrived at the hospital yet. We both nearly died, but thankfully are happy and healthy. Jorden is now twenty years old and thriving. I shed a lot of tears writing this, and even more arguing with my editor over it.

Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us?  No there was on deletions from this excerpt, and unfortunately my computer crashed a few years back I don’t have the originals with mark-ups.

Anything you would like to add?
I just want to thank you for reaching out to me. I love writing, and interaction with readers, bloggers and interviewers help motivate me.



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