Heartache & Sin
By Charles Soto
Genre: Suspense, Drama
When a Midwestern farming town is hit hard by a crop-destroying drought, people are willing to put their faith into anything that might bring them some relief.
Steven Wheaton is burdened by the effects of the drought on his farm, and heartbroken knowing that the chances of starting a family with his wife Karen have been damaged by her recent diabetes diagnosis.
Devastated, Karen turns to the new pastor in town, looking for faith and guidance…but even her relationship with God cannot fill the void in her life.
When ulterior motives collide with harrowing miracles, where does the line between good and evil begin?
What inspired you to write Heartache & Sin?
That’s a great question. Thanks for asking. My most conscious element of writing fiction is to insight reaction. To write a story that not only compels the reader to turn the page but evokes passion as well.
Regardless of your own personal feelings on abortion there are many elements of this conflict that should be discussed and considered. Rape and insist may rise to the top of the list and remain to be crucial factors for a woman under such circumstance to decide to terminate her pregnancy. But, in the aspects of a pregnancy that endangers a mother’s life, which would you chose?
In 2010 Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated after allowing abortion in a catholic hospital on a woman who doctors say would otherwise have died.
I thought this would be a great emotional story if written from the characters point of view. The aspect of religion, which has always played a key role in the moral conscience of abortion, allowed me to introduce an element that comes with surprises. I never know where or when my ideas for a novel will come to me, but I thought this would be a great story to write—that it would push my creativity and writing skills, and allow the reader to feel the other side of this conflict for themselves and draw their own conclusions if under the same dilemma.
What was the hardest part to write?
You know, I actually can’t remember being frustrated or stuck when writing Heartache & Sin. Although the story did go through various title changes, once I stayed glued on the current tittle my focus became more intense. For me, my worst fear in writing is—can I do it again? Can I create and write a story to the absolute depth of my ability? Getting past this anxiety is the hardest thing for me to accomplish and it remains a challenge every time I sit in front of my laptop to write a story. So for me, the hardest part of writing any story is to actually sit down and write.
What was the easiest part to write?
The story did flow rather nicely for me, and although at times I did struggle with different variances of the plot, my favorite parts to write were the scenes with Pastor Ryan McDonald. His sinister and manipulative force drove the story to the point where his character took on a will of its own. He makes you turn the page just to find out what he will due next. I truly found his analogy and dialect a challenge to write.
What character do you feel more connected too?
I grew up in the Bay area of San Francisco, CA. and spent my entire summers with my father and siblings in Las Vegas, NV. It was a hard contrast to decipher an area and background such as the Wheaton family and where they lived. Their loyalty and strength for each other was inspired by my own family. But, the character that I held closest to my own is Spider. He is the younger of his two brothers, like me and has more of a rebel attitude, never afraid to speak out about a wrong…and I have to admit, sometimes my mouth speaks out before my brain has a chance to catch-up. ☺
Do you have anything coming up if so can you tell us about it?
Thank you so much for your interest. While I do tend to dabble in different genres, like suspense dramas such as Heartache and Sin and Pride and a Prayer, My romance novel, The Friend Request showed a different aspect of my writing while challenging my skills to expose such a provocative story. When I decided to ghost write the auto-biography, Frias with Love (where we come from, where we went) with Phyllis Frias—A transportation and business Matriarch from Las Vegas, NV. I found my focus as the author was to unfold the story in truth as well as coincide with someone else’s writing and directive.
My new novel, Into the fire which is currently in editing, once again pushes myself-challenge in a way I have never written before. The book follows a teenage girl, impoverished and bullied, to her rise to fame when she appears on the iconic singing and talent show, The Vocalist.
I wrote the book in three segments. Her adolescence and her depraved home life, then to her appearance and success on the show, leading to the climax of her rise to fame and the incredible obstacles she endured to survive it.
I loved writing this book and the characters in it I hope to touch your heart as they have mine.
It was wonderful talking to you about my books and just writing in general. I can’t thank you enough for inviting me and for your challenging questions. The most important thing to remember about writing is, without no one to read, words serve no purpose. ☺
About The Author:
Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghost writer of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).
Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.
Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.
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