J.R. Alcyone

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J.R. Alcyone is an award-winning nature photographer and lover of green herons and all things feathered. Jen earned her BA from Baldwin-Wallace College where she majored in history and philosophy and minored in literature and political science, and her JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she was managing editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. A fervent believer in John Green’s assertion that fictional stories matter, Jen's first novel, Five Fathoms Beneath, explores suicide and mental illness in the medical profession. Her second novel, The Stars That Govern Us, is slated for publication in Dec. 2020. In addition to being a writer, Jen is a cancer survivor, practicing attorney, and a runner.

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Alec’s parents were Greek Orthodox, but I did not write Alec as having any specific religious beliefs. He is familiar with…more
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Alec’s parents were Greek Orthodox, but I did not write Alec as having any specific religious beliefs. He is familiar with the Bible and mentions God from time to time, but I viewed Alec as a man with no need for organized religion. Alec’s moral code arises from his mother’s last words to him (“Do good and be good”), and he has cobbled together his own ethical code and views.

Alec is, however, a tolerant and compassionate man, and I could not see Alec as someone who would deny the comfort of religion to others (especially those as sick as Alec’s patients often would be), regardless of his own personal belief in religion, God, an afterlife, or the lack thereof. This aspect of Alec’s character comes out in the scene where Alec dies. Alec’s partner Pete is a practicing Roman Catholic; in Catholicism, suicide is a mortal sin which condemns a person’s soul to eternal damnation. Pete is worried about Alec’s soul and tries to get Alec to ask for forgiveness from God, but Alec will not do so; it’s unclear whether this is from Alec’s non-belief or simply Alec doesn’t think himself worthy of forgiveness. But Alec does not object to Pete’s saying the Act of Contrition; Alec understands doing so will make Pete feel better and this is something which sincerely matters to Pete, and Alec won’t deny his best friend the comfort of his beliefs.

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I am honored that Five Fathoms Beneath recently picked up some excellent editorial reviews. If you'd like to read the reviews, I have them linked on my website.

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If you’re looking for feel-good fiction, look no further than Five Fathoms Beneath. Sure, it’s a story of a young doctor battling depression. Also, yes, his father commits suicide. But when I said feel-good, I m Read more of this blog post »
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