Have you ever wondered why most of us are afraid of the dark? Were you one of those kids who never looked under the bed at night? Maybe needed a light on until you were older? As children, we are naturally fearful of dark places, where unseen things go bump. Dark is everywhere, and there is so much of it.
In setting up my author page, I struggled with what to choose as my author byline. For those who know me, I haven’t exactly embraced concepts of social media, relegating the establishment of an author brand as something found in infomercials. I expressed my curmudgeon behavior of the subject recently at http://blameitonthemuse.com/confessions-of-a-website-avoider/ as DT Tarkus. The resulting commentary told me to suck it up and get with the program. Sigh.
An author friend of mine advised to look at my stories and find a common element. I tend to write about YA protagonists ripped from normality to face dark, impossible situations. To me, it is about moving toward that proverbial light at the end of a long, seemingly-infinite tunnel. Searching for light in the darkness. I’m not the first to make this connection.