Tune in tonight at 8 pm for "Matters Of The Mind", as Dr. Peter Sacco and Todd Miller have a great conversation with author, writer, actor and musician Lorraine Devon Wilke. Talk about a cultural gypsy!
We talk about Lorraine's soon-to-be-released book "Hysterical Love" as well as her previous novels, "She Tumbled Down" and "After The Sucker Punch". Hysterical Love is a fictional story about Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, who is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Or at least into the second bedroom of their next-door neighbor, Bob, where Dan is sure it won't be long. It's long.
His sister, Lucy, further confuses matters with her “soul mate theory” and its suggestion that Jane might not be his... soul mate, that is. But the tipping point comes when his father is struck ill, sparking a chain of events in which Dan discovers a story written by this man he doesn’t readily understand, but who, it seems, has long harbored an unrequited love from decades earlier.
Incapable of fixing his own romantic dilemma, Dan becomes fixated on finding this woman of his father’s dreams and sets off for Oakland, California, on a mission fraught with detours and semi-hilarious peril. Along the way he meets the beautiful Fiona, herbalist and flower child, who assists in his quest while quietly and erotically shaking up his world. When, against all odds, he finds the elusive woman from the past, the ultimate discovery of how she truly fit into his father's life leaves him staggered, as does the reality of what’s been stirred up with Fiona. But it’s when he returns home to yet another set of unexpected truths that he’s shaken to the core, ultimately forced to face who he is and just whom he might be able to love.
We also had a great chat about the mystery of writing; the various forms of writing, whether for books, films or for her columns in The Huffington Post; as well as shifting gears between the various things she does, including music. "After The Sucker Punch" deals with her experiences in finding her father's journals, revealing his true feelings for Lorraine, and the aftermath of that. While a fictionalized account of her experience, it becomes a cathartic journey for those that read the book.
To catch up with Lorraine:
Hear Lorraine on "Matters Of The Mind" with Dr. Peter Sacco at 8p EST on Wednesday by clicking the Listen Live button at the top right of the page, but if you miss it, it will be on demand Thursday, right here, or find us on iTunes podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/rtds-listen-up-talk/id910538503?mt=2
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