Today my guest is touring with Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours. Her name is Laura Kreitzer, and if you haven't heard of her you, get to know her this week right here on Immortality and Beyond. Laura will be back again with an awesome interview on April 7. Today Laura has been awesome enough to give us a guest post about Death and Love, and as she states, "A very morbid piece on Death and Love". Welcome Laura and thank you for stopping in today.
Death and Love by Laura Kreitzer
Let’s Face It: I Want to Immortalize True Love
I don’t have many qualms in my life, but there is one inevitable ending I do not understand: death. And there’s one thing everyone wants in their lives, who’ll seek it out until they reach their end: love. Two facets of one’s life that no one really has control over.
Death is inescapable.
Have you ever lost someone you loved? My first glimpse of death was at such a young age I cannot remember it. My younger brother died in his sleep when he was six days old. Those who were home are still traumatized by it, but I was lucky to have escaped the memories. I’ve been told the story a few times in my life from different perspectives, and every time I cry. This tiny person I can’t even remember, my own flesh and blood, died. The second time death really had any sort of impact on my life was when I’d lost a fellow classmate in a horrible car accident. I was never that close to the girl, but we had been acquaintances. I even had a few pictures of us together. A few years later death struck a little bit closer to home. My friend Mike had killed himself. He was an annoying pain in my ass when he was alive, but he’d been a true friend to me. Then a couple years later I lost my grandfather on my dad’s side. It was expected, and I had never been that close to him. Death had plans for me, though. It was as if death had been testing how much pain I could take before it hit me with another blow, each one of them hurting a little more.
Love is irrational.
True love is when one is willing to sacrifice ones’ self to protect the livelihood of the other. Besides parent/child bonding, this type of love is rare. People are selfish creatures, and we are always using each other for one reason or the other. But true love between two people is so stunning it’ll make you cry tears of joy when you witness it.
Have you ever loved someone so much it made you sick? Loved someone so deep in your core that your heart would literally stop pumping if they were not part of your life? Loved someone so much that without them you’d rather die? I’d known someone who had a love like this. His name was Chris, and he was so deeply in love with his wife and child that he failed to live. He was my best friend, and I watched him lose it all due to a selfish human being. He deteriorated with every passing day he was without them, and there was nothing I could do but listen and be there for him. Sadly, it wasn’t enough.
On August 14, 2010 I lost my best friend. I had known him for ten years. I’d lived with him once, fought with him, hated him, liked him, but always loved him. He was going through a crisis in his life. Before he took his life, I was on the phone with him almost every night for hours on end for months. I don’t feel guilty for his death, but I do question myself. Did I do everything I could have? Probably not, but I’m only one person. Should I have known? I wish I had listened to his words instead of staring at his smile that day. This is why I write about immortals and true love. True love is such a rare and beautiful creature that it should be celebrated, especially in the written word. I can create a person who appreciates the love of another human being and doesn’t throw it away with such disgusting ease. Death is ugly no matter which way you slice it. You die and disintegrate into the Earth.
Death, to me, is the end. There is no heaven or hell, no judgment or Supreme Being guiding ones way—one’s life is over. You cease to exist. That’s harsh, and difficult to comprehend. So why let it be the end? With the tap of my fingers across the keyboard, I can bring Chris back to life. I can make him live forever; I can immortalize him. To write of things that will never be true, to make my readers believe—even for a fraction of a second—they’re living in this world I’ve created . . . I’ve given them hope and relief over their eventual number call. Because that’s what we are: a number. A ticking time bomb. This is why I write.
Today we're looking at her book Phantom Universe of The Summer Chronicles. Stop back on the 7th to see more of her work.
Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she’s lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?
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Book two in the Summer Chronicles, Forsaken Harbor, will be available July 01, 2011!
The Secret Clock Society has infiltrated every aspect of the government. You can’t hide from them, you can’t out run them—the only choice is to surrender or die fighting. Well, Summer’s found her voice and her confidence. She’ll fight if necessary, but for now she’s on the run. And the only place that can offer her refuge is the one city that’s been devastated with disease and death. Full of savages, Forsaken Harbor holds her life on the edge of a knife. Is there still hope to be found here after all? Or will survival mean savagery?