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 has a degree in history and philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she served as managing editor for the "Cleveland State Law Review." A believer in John Green’s assertion that fictional stories matter, Jen's first novel, "Five Fathoms Beneath," is based partly on her own experiences with cancer and bipolar disorder.

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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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Five Fathoms Beneath

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So. I started a new story.

After a long drought, I’ve started a new story. I couldn’t quite let go of the characters in “Five Fathoms Beneath,” and my new story has Brose’s father, Alec, as the narrator. 


I’m still in the research process and outlining process, but I’m hoping to start writing soon. Until then, you can find me goofing off on Twitter!

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