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Gerard Cappa

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Tír na nÓg, Ireland


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Chan amháin saor ach Gaelach.

The Irish proverb says “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine” – we live in each others shadows. This is an observation that we depend on each other, and should therefore be benevolent and supportive of other people.
It could also mean that none of us are the autonomous individualists as idealized by modern western culture – the free thinking independent, responsible only to our individual conscience which we have each created in isolation.

I was born in the north of Ireland in 1959, and was therefore 10 years old when the Troubles restarted in 1969.

‘Blood from a Shadow’ is by no means a ‘Troubles’ book, nor is it an attempt by me to rationalize or give my version of who were the heroes and who the traitors. Fo

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Gerard Cappa Luis a chara,
I tend to start with a fairly loose plot structure and then populate it with the various characters. Without being too dogmatically…more
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I tend to start with a fairly loose plot structure and then populate it with the various characters. Without being too dogmatically political, I write with a general sense that the dominant narratives of the western world need to be challenged, and I invest most empathy with my characters drawn from the disenfranchised, disadvantaged and exploited.
I don't think any character is consciously based on a real acquaintance. As well as serving a plot purpose, I like my characters to display those small behavioural mannerisms that real people have.. I'm sure I do copy those mannerisms, either from real people or from other fictional characters, but I don't really know where they come from.

I think these small details help to give the character a better shape in my own mind and, depending on how the character then develops, I will bend my original plot to accommodate the character.
Having established how I expect the character to behave, I will then seek to have the character act dramatically 'out of character'. I am probably on about 50k words before I settle on the fate of each character, and that often requires my original plot to be re-jigged.
So, although my books are around the 110k word mark, I think I approach each character as if I was writing a short story, with an emphasis on their emotions, and how their circumstances in life determine their fate.(less)
Gerard Cappa Somewhere in the works, Linda, but I'm having a little difficulty encouraging it along. I'll keep you posted. Thanks.
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Blood from a Shadow (Con Maknazpy, #1) by Gerard Cappa
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“A couple of minutes later, and the tram started to climb up from Alfama, the streets widened, heavy traffic and Lisboetas about their normal hum-drum business. We skipped off at a busy triangle where three roads converged. A handful of shoppers and workers waited in the small yellow bus shelters, or smoked against the trees that would fringe the diamond with shade when summer came again. Taxi drivers drank coffee from paper cups and ribbed an old guy shaving in his cab. Just another normal day rolling around; no problem, and life trips along no matter who dies in the night.”
Gerard Cappa, Black Boat Dancing

“Dr Silay said the poor girl should have a Sunni Muslim funeral, but he thinks the family were probably secretly Yazidi, because she said you were her Peacock Angel,” Joannes said.
“She said crazy things like that,” I said. “What’s the difference between Muslim and Yazidi?”
“Well, Muslims here refer to Yazidi as devil worshippers, but that’s too simple, a lot of cultural baggage, as always,” Joannes said. “And I’m no expert, but I think their God is much like anyone else’s. They don’t believe in an evil entity like Satan, they believe all evil is man made, but we have the choice to be good or evil. The Peacock Angel embodies all that is good, a representation of God, so she must have really respected you. And I think they have some form of reincarnation too, not sure about that. I’m sorry for my hostility towards you last night, you didn’t deserve it,” Joannes said.”
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“Authority is the source of knowledge, but the reason of mankind is the norm by which all authority is judged.

Eóin, the Irish Gael AKA Johannes Scotus Eriugena (b.815 - d.877)”
Johannes Scottus Eriugena, Die Stimme Des Adlers

“I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.”

“To feel today what one felt yesterday isn't to feel - it's to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today's living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.”
Fernando Pessoa

“Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull.  Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philippics

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