By Gina Conroy
Sometimes when writing a novel, the story takes on a life of its own. The words and themes seem to flow naturally, without much thought, and by some miracle, it all seems to work together. As if God planned it that way.
That’s how it was with Digging Up Death. I started out with a loose story theme, the masks we wear to hide who we really are, but I wasn’t sure where it was going or what story the protagonist really wanted to tell. All I had was a mystery and a messed up character, Mari Duggins, who had a past of hurts done to her and brought on by herself, and then took her on a journey to self discovery and forgiveness.
And it seemed to work. It was only in retrospect that I actually saw the dual meaning of the title and how it really worked with the story.
Just beneath the surface of the mystery, Digging Up Death, is about an archaeologist has issues with death. But when I dug deeper into Mari Duggins and her journey, I saw that the story theme grew into something more complex. It took on a new life as the theme of “digging up her past so she could resurrect her future” emerged.
When I started the story I didn’t see that. I didn’t know that the things in her past needed to be dug up and exposed to bring about her healing. (How true is that in our lives?) I didn’t realize her hidden sins life kept her dead from God’s love and his purpose for her life. But before she could accept God’s love, she needed to dig up her past, forgive herself for the things she did and didn’t do, and move on with her life. She needed to dig up her past so she could resurrect her future.
And she did, but Mari’s journey doesn’t stop there. In book two, currently titled Deadly Ringer, Mari needs to learn what it means to trust God. It’s been a interesting journey as I explore the same themes of trust and total reliance on God in my own life. Funny how God does that, and it’s been a tough one to write, maybe because I’m still learning.
Where are you in your life’s journey? Are there things buried so deep you seem stuck in the mire of life, or has exaction begun? Maybe the dirt in your life has been dug up and your learning how to clean up your act with God’s help and trust him. No matter where you are on your journey, I invite you to journey along with Mari Duggins in Digging Up Death and Deadly Ringer.
Gina Conroy used to think she knew where her life was headed; now she’s leaning on the Lord to show her the way. She is the founder of Writer…Interrupted where she mentors busy writers and tries to keep things in perspective, knowing God’s timing is perfect, even if she doesn’t agree with it! 😉 Gina loves to connect with readers, and when she isn’t writing, teaching, or driving kids around, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter or on the ballroom dance floor!
Digging Up Death
To unearth a killer, you have to get your fingernails dirty.
Archaeology Professor Mari Duggins is adjusting to life as a single mom, but she’s caught between the pull of her former flame and her ex-husband. When her colleague is murdered and her ex is accused of stealing an Egyptian artifact, Mari interferes in the FBI investigation, compelled to prove the innocence of her children’s father.
Soon she is buried deep in suspects. Her old flame, her student and tenant, the office secretary. No one is who they appear to be, and she begins to wonder where her loyalty and true affections lie.
Mari Duggins’ life caves in as she tries to excavate the truth, but realizes only God can dig her out of the hole she’s created. Will Mari sort through her muddled feelings and put her trust in someone else? Or will the truth bury her alive?
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