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Darren M. Jorgensen

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Before I write my bio, I would like to put a call out to anyone who both likes thrillers and likes writing reviews to contact me. I am actively looking for members to review Finding Max for me.


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People sometimes have asked me how I came up with the plotline for Finding Max.

I had woken early -- early for me, about 4:30 a.m.; I usually wake at 5:00 a.m. -- and was troubled. I had dreamed that a young boy, no one I knew, just some young boy, had been abducted from a public place and his family was...well, what WAS his family going through?

After ruminating on the problem over breakfast, I retired to the s

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Darren M. Jorgensen This is a very interesting question. I think you want me to compare my favourite characters in both The Searing and Finding Max, right?

Hands down, my…more
This is a very interesting question. I think you want me to compare my favourite characters in both The Searing and Finding Max, right?

Hands down, my favourite character in The Searing has to be Jesse's mother. The woman is so tortured, so damaged, so fragile -- yet so damned strong! I mean, without giving any spoilers, look at what the woman has lived through inher life and then to come back from it all, intact inasmuch as she ever could be, requires remarkable courage, remarkable drive and remarkable faith. This is a woman who is really on the last rung of society's ladder and hand over fist, she drags herself out of the muck. And then... And then... THAT happens, and it is so sad that you heart just rips out over her. Yes, she is clearly my favourite character in that book. I really enjoyed developing her.

In Finding Max, Max is the one closest to my heart -- though Auntie runs a very close second. Max suffers unimaginable abuse at the hands of his captors and "never cries." He has a strength of character that none of the other characters have, except maybe Gus. He has accepted his life circumstances and is willing to live within those boundaries that life imposes. And despite all the abuse and horror that he lives through, he comes out as a kind, generous albiet frightened man. But he is not fearful of just anything. He fears what he knows the world to be -- itself.

I have never thought about how these two characters might connect, yet the paralells, when I consider them, are plentiful. But have suffered incredible abuse as a child, though clearly Jesse's mother's abuse pales in comparison to the abuse Max had suffered. But still, they have that in common.

They also share a common disdain of what others think. This is apparent in how Jesse's mom doesnt give a shit what the neighbors think as her voice climbs in register. This is apparent in the way Max deals with Maynard when Maynard gets in his face. Both characters take their own counsel, not the counsel of another committee.

One major difference between the two characters is their reaction to the abuse and how they act out as a result of their pasts. Jesse's mom escapes into prescription medications, losing herself and her fears along the way, at least temporarily. Max is not a drug addict. In fact, he seems to have remarkably few reminders of the abuse acting out through him. But scratch that calm surface... and that is when we find Max in a closet (and I wont say much more for fear of incorporating spoilers into this answer, which I refuse to do.(less)
Darren M. Jorgensen "What is that like for you?"

Do you mean the soapmaking? Or do you mean the writing on the soapmaking?

If you mean to ask whether I like making soap,…more
"What is that like for you?"

Do you mean the soapmaking? Or do you mean the writing on the soapmaking?

If you mean to ask whether I like making soap, well, I love it! It is more than a hobby of mine. I once used to sell my soap in local farmers markets -- though my market days are long behind me now! My soaps are quite beautiful, with wonderful scents that are, quite simply, to die for. Ask anyone who has used my Satsuma Satisfaction (i cant get no) Luxury Handmade Soap before. They wll tell you, alright.

As for writing about making soap? Nah, I could leave it behind. I was hampered by not having pictures to include with my text; for a soapmakign book you kinda need pics, eh? Well, I did not have any and I writing the first book while living in my father's dark basement. I wrote the second book after moving out of my father's home and was now staying in a friend's 25 foot long holiday trailer (with someone else and two rather large dogs). No way to make soap there, yet alone any selfies of me making soap, eh?

I think that lack of pics comes through in the ratings for the book, too. I remember that one person on one of the other Amazon sites says something to the effect, if I remember correctly. I am not sure anymore because a lot of my reviews for my books disappeared mysteriously about 2 years ago. At the time, I had something like 8 reviews of The Searing, with 7 of the 8 being 5 star reviews. I didnt like it much when they all disappeared, you can be sure. I dont know why it happened. It just did.

But I do love making soap. And to be truthful, I did really enjoy writing the books. They took me out of myself and allowed me to disappear from my difficult life situations at those times. They were, for all intensive purposes, my friends at the time, like all my books and short stories are when I write them.

My friends.

All my best, my friends,
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I know that it is now time to come out — as a disabled writer.

I’m not sure why that is so hard to do, that is admit that I am differently abled than many others (whether this is most is debatable). But I am terribly uncomfortable with it.

I was speaking with a friend recently about the issue, telling her I was considering coming out publicly as disabled. She counselled me to do it, though her re...

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