Friday, December 4, 2015

If You Ever Think You Can't Write

Your mom won't keep us apart
If you have never seen the Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures, it is truly disturbing and stirring.  The tale is about two teenage girls in New Zealand who kill one's mother because they can't stand her moving the girl away so they'd be separated.

The girls are amazingly imaginative and feed off each other to create a fascinating dream world involving tales and movie stars and their own creations.  Peter Jackson does a good job with the story.  After murdering the woman, the two girls were caught and sentenced to prison, but because of their youth did not get the death penalty.  In the end, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker were set free from prison after 5 years but they were kept apart and never have seen each other again.

Juliet Marion Hulme was born in 1938 and is still alive.  After helping her friend kill her mom and getting out of jail, she moved to England at the age of 20 and moved between there and America, finally ending up in Scotland.

She began writing novels, primarily mystery books involving a series of different detectives.  All are set in historical periods, such as Victorian England, and have been very well received.  Before she started writing, she changed her name to her step father's to avoid any connection to her murderous past.

Her name is now Anne Perry, and she's one of the most successful mystery authors alive today.  Ann Perry has written almost 50 novels and has won many awards and significant acclaim for her well-written, intelligent stories with fascinating characters with interesting historical detail.  She has sold more than 25,000,000 books total.
So if at some point you feel as if your past, your life, or your troubles prevent you from being able to be a published author... think about Anne Perry.