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Monday, June 20, 2011

05 Masters & Mistresses of the Genre: Kenneth Weene - soul symphony

welcome to the Masters & Mistresses of the Genre Series featuring
Kenneth Weene: 
Master of the Soul

Lately I’ve been reading up on String Theory. It’s been changing the  way I think; I’ve started thinking less about two people and more  about the string that vibrates between them. Sometimes that string is  love, sometimes hate, sometimes competition, and all those other  relationships: each of them has a name.

There is another relationship that has a name. The name is soul.

Soul isn’t the connection between two people; it is the string between  a person and a life force that we sense without directly knowing it is  there. The word most often used to describe that life force is God.  Soul is the string that connects an individual to God.

My novels are rich with the vibrations of that string. When strings  vibrate they emit sound. The sound can be rich and pleasing; it can  also be strident and weak. Fictional characters, like you and me, hear  the sound of their soul. Hopefully when all those souls are added  together, the music is filled with wonder and delight.

In Widow’s Walk my main character, Mary Flanagan, starts the story a  devout woman who is too religious to be aware of her soul. The first  part of the novel tells of her self-discovery and of her awakening  sense of soul.

While Mary is focused on God, the characters in Memoirs From the  Asylum are too busy surviving in the madness of their world to concern  themselves with the God of religion. But their stories, too, are about  soul. The life force to which they are trying to connect is a more  modern god, the god of reason and understanding, the god of Spinoza  and Tillich – what Tillich termed the ground of being.

Sometimes characters, like people in our world, lose the sense of that  life force, which means that they also lose their sense of soul. Often  that is expressed not as a religious issue or even in terms of some  existential question but simply as a lack of belonging – as a sense of  homelessness. My third novel, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne: Because  there’s one in every town, tells the stories of such unconnected  people for whom a neighborhood barn has become what passes for home.  While Tales has a number of funny stories that help comprise its  fabric, it is a novel that projects a great sense of sorrow.

Having explained all this I can get back to the important stuff, like  listening to the hum of my own soul. Today the music is rich and  powerful, perhaps a symphony.

Kenneth Weene
a New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist, and pastoral counselor by education. he is a writer by passion.

Ken’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications – most recently featured in Sol and publication in Spirits, Palo Verde Pages, Vox Poetica and Clutching at Straws. an anthology of his writings, Songs for my Father, was published by Inkwell Productions in 2002. Ken’s short stories have appeared in many places, including Legendary, Sex and Murder Magazine, The New Flesh Magazine, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Daily Flashes of Erotica Quarterly, Bewildering Stories and A Word With You Press.

in 2009 Ken’s novel, Widow’s Walk, was published and in 2010 a second novel, Memoirs From the Asylum, both by All Things That Matter Press.

Widow's Walk is a novel of faith, religion, love, sexuality, and responsibility. Join Mary Flanagan and her adult children, Kathleen and Sean, as they try to find love and fulfillment. Meet Arnie Berger, the man who falls in love with Kathleen. Learn about the mysterious Max, dying of AIDS and yet finding the humor in life. This is a novel filled with the richness of the human experience.

Memoirs From the Asylum explore the existential choice between freedom and terror. What keeps us locked in the asylum, whether that asylum is the state hospital in which much of this novel is set, other institutions, or simply the imprisoning fortress that many call life. This is a tragi-comedic novel whose characters suffer the greatest of human weaknesses and who yet manage to become authentic beings.

to learn more about Kenneth Weene and his work, please visit http://www.authorkenweene.com   

i would like to thank Kenneth Weene for guest posting today and to you as well for stopping by. watch out for my next master or mistress of the genre! 

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