Christie A.C. Gucker - The Cliff
• Pub Date: September 28, 2012
• Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 500 pages
• Age Range: Adult
Can a childhood pact a effect the lives of three adults?
Love and betrayal surrounds the lives of lifelong friends Lanie
Rhodes, Grant Bennett, and Dane Voight. Years ago, they made
a pact to remain together as friends forever. The boys also made
another secret pact that same day—to never vie for Lanie’s love.
Grant and Lanie have secretly been pining for one another
since they were children. Now grown up, they finally admit
their feelings for each other and what ensues is a twisted tale
of deception as Dane does everything he can to stop them.
The story weaves around this uneven love triangle.
What will happen to the pact? Will friendships be destroyed?
Will lovers emerge?
Leaving Something Behind
by Christie AC Gucker
In The Cliff, Lanie Rhode’s mother is deceased, having died from breast cancer when Lanie was young. I often found myself panicked when thinking about the death of my parents or anyone I was close with for that matter. Being a parent myself, I can only tell you how much you worry about your children every time they leave the house. The thought of losing someone can be absolutely debilitating. Call it a semi-fear of my own mortality and of change as well. Just knowing that person would be gone, not there to call any time you want, or have them walk through the door any second.
Unfortunately, I learned what it’s like. I lost my father almost four years ago. It was devastating; still is. I remember one Thanksgiving, which I host at my house, thinking, oh Dad can help me with the turnips; almost forgetting that he wouldn’t be there ever again. Setting the table with one less place still gives me a lump in my throat. That absence of someone makes you so much more aware of the lack of that person’s presence. I use this feeling when I write about any type of loss in my books.
But how did it affect me in other ways? As I mentioned, it made me realize my own mortality. Made me think about when I died, what would be left of me in this world for my children or my grandchildren. I would just cease to exist. I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted to make my mark in this world and leave a part of me here when I no longer am. So I became a writer. Yes, it was the death of my father that led me to search for a way to leave something of myself. So I picked up a pen (well, it was a keyboard and I didn’t actually pick it up, LOL) and wrote The Cliff so my words would be here long after I am gone. My children will be able to “hear” me tell them a story by picking up my books anytime they want. I hope they’ll find comfort in my words. I also honored my father in the book by naming one of my character’s fathers after him and inserting just a bit of the relationship my dad and I shared.
I encourage everyone to take a chance and find a way to make that mark. Can you write? Are you a musician or an artist? Find what you can do to touch another after you’re gone. If I hadn’t you wouldn’t be here right now reading my words. And I hoped they touched you and made a difference.
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