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Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:51:38
Reflections on and reaction to Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in Prole.



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Posted by Sue Pace Fri, July 12, 2013 19:41:46

Thank you, Maria. Today, especially, those words were very helpful.

Posted by Maria Bennett Fri, July 12, 2013 13:01:15

I think your 'experimentation' really worked. I know it can be an over used phrase, but I think that your writing was probably strengthened by writing from what you know / knew, and it created a powerful narrative

Posted by Sue Pace Tue, July 09, 2013 00:56:48

I so appreciate the feedback. This was a story that took my writing to a new level of experimentation - keeping "enough" characters without endangering "plot structure" was so hard for me to control. It helped, though, knowing that sometimes an ensemble approach was the only way to give rein to the variance of human situations. Having once led a group and once been in a group also helped....

Posted by Maria Bennett Sun, July 07, 2013 22:04:51

I loved this story when I first read it and reread it tonight and had to post feedback – apologies that I didn’t do so sooner. Aside from a few typos, Seven Stages of Sin was truly engaging with extremely vivid characters. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to draw characters with whom one could relate on one level but who seemed to have been pushed to an extreme making the reader (this one anyway) truly question the range of human behaviour and issues about normality / the effects of stress on individuals. I loved the structure and the obsessive quality relating to the recipes and food.

Posted by Sue Pace Thu, June 27, 2013 23:43:09

Thank you, Sophie. Thank you so very much.

Posted by Sophie Whitley Flavell Sun, June 23, 2013 18:52:51

Sue's story, 'Seven Stages of Sin', is an engaging story tackling the theme of mental health with both compassion and unashamed realism. The author ensures that we, as the the reader, are fully immersed in the journey that each character takes and illicits sympathy, empathy and at times frustration without relying on exposition or sentimentality.. A wonderful story well told. And I shall be trying the recipe.

Posted by Sue Pace Sat, May 25, 2013 03:03:59

Thank you Mark. It was hard to hold the characters down to a "group worthy" number.I so appreciate your comments. I know that every country in the world is dealing with "The Shock of Gray" - this is the title of a non-fiction book that brought my understanding of passion and pain and aging into perspective.

Posted by Sue Pace Sat, May 25, 2013 03:03:47

Thank you Mark. It was hard to hold the characters down to a "group worthy" number.I so appreciate your comments. I know that every country in the world is dealing with "The Shock of Gray" - this is the title of a non-fiction book that brought my understanding of passion and pain and aging into perspective.

Posted by Mark Plummer Tue, May 21, 2013 16:46:13

I found Seven Stages of Sin to be at turns funny,sad and real, sometimes it was all three within one sentence. Each character's voice was individual and natural, which is quite a feat in a story with a fairly large set of characters. Perhaps more importantly, it was engaging and enjoyable.