How far would you go for love?
The question has always fascinated me, and during my years as a child therapist, I witnessed to what lengths some people will go to own love or hide love or, in the extreme cases, destroy love.
In other words, love contains a measure of moral responsibility, a duty to protect others from the potential harm of it.
The Conveyance addresses the issue of moral responsibility on several levels, and that’s the story—the real story. Not monsters or mayhem or suicide, but relationships.
As I mentioned, I’d dealt with the moral responsibility of love as a therapist. While fascinating, as a speculative fiction novelist, I burned to take the issue of moral responsibility to the limit.
That’s the point where the “what if” questions usually start. My books have always begun with “what if?”
What if a bunch of bigots were confronted with the fact a black man was one of the strongest forces of good in our world became the foundation for Forever Man.
Revelation arose from, “What if an atheist were confronted with the irrefutable fact that God exists?”
But for the first time, when I was formulating my approach for The Conveyance, the “what if” failed me. I couldn’t find the story’s voice with “what if” when I knew from the start that something had already happened; a decision had already been made. The forces of plot and motivation were already in motion. “What if” didn’t matter as much. I was stuck.
To get out of this jam, I used an old therapy trick on myself. It’s called “empty chair.” A version of it gets used in The Conveyance when Dr. Brad Jordan asked his patient, Doug Belle, to talk to a doll as if it were his mother. To get past my block, I sat next to an empty chair and “debated” with myself; I spoke to the empty chair pretending the character of Brad Jordan were there, and really grilled him. I let my thoughts fly, didn’t pause, and eventually got mad. That’s when Brad came up with “it’s not what if, dammit, it’s how far!”
That little spark, hidden under layers of my own psyche, jumped out at me.
It wasn’t “what if Brad were confronted with a choice about moral responsibility?”
Instead, it was “how far would someone go for love, and how would he/she/they respond to the moral responsibility of love?”
Love of self, love of family…love of species.
On the surface, The Conveyance is a horror/sci-fi thriller, filled with murders, conspiracies, and violence. The heart of the story—the place where the blood flows and the excitement thrives—is about the moral responsibility of love, and how far people will go for love.
And as with life, not all of the outcomes are good.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian W. Matthews’s latest book is The Conveyance, a horror/science fiction novel about a child therapist who uncovers a secret long kept hidden form the world. Together with his friend, police detective Frank Swinicki, he doggedly follows a trail of murder and madness, eventually exposing a sinister conspiracy that threatens the existence of the human race. The Conveyance can be purchased directly from the publisher at www.journalstone.com or from Amazon.