Through the tears and pain of mourning the death of his fiancée, Jane Valentine, Gerald Griffin of Gainesville set his mind on a mission and wrote.
Griffin said he released the suspense novel, “The Gods of Winter,” in 2017 as a literary odyssey to keep the memory of Valentine alive. The book intertwined factual aspects of his life with fiction and followed the character Bob Daniels, who the author said was based on himself. When he finished the novel, Griffin said he felt motivated to write a sequel to carry his late fiancée’s legacy even further.
“Seeing and going through the pain after her death is indescribable,” Griffin said. “It still has a hold on me. I held myself together to write these books for Jane.”
On Dec. 11, 2020, “Gods, Dreams & Love” was published by the Brooklyn Writers Press.
Unlike “The Gods of Winter,” Griffin said the sequel offers an entirely fictitious story unrelated to his time with Valentine.
The second novel picks up from where the first book left off, starting with the protagonist, Bob, dealing with the tragedy of his fiancée Gloria Hopkins’ death. Griffin said the start of the novel is set in Gainesville.
“Gods, Dreams & Love”
What: Sequel to the suspense novel, “The Gods of Winter”
Where to purchase: Amazon.com or authorgeraldgriffin.com
While Bob confines himself to his lake house, he undergoes an unsuccessful venture of trying to make contact with his fiancée’s spirit. His time of solitude is then interrupted by Frank Worsly, leader of the secret society, the Fraternity, of which Bob is a member.
The unexpected visitor tells Bob that the Cyprus Group, composed of corrupted government officials, is planning to annihilate the Fraternity because of the threat the noble society poses to its power. Frank asks Bob to organize an assassination of eveyrone in the group to stop them from murdering his society members. However, Bob wants no part in this deadly operation.
He eventually agrees to take on the mission after a pair of gods promise him in a dream that they will grant him access to Gloria’s spirit if he pulls off the assasination scheme.
When Bob accepts the mission, Griffin said the protagonist finds himself forced to rely on the mafia; Fraternity members; Sue Bishop, a new love interest who he suspects is a spy from the Cyprus Group; and the guidance of the two gods who visit him in his dreams.
Griffin said the most challenging aspect of writing the book lay with the surprise ending. He dropped little nuggets of the plot twist toward the beginning of the novel, leading up to the turn of events. However, Griffin said he did it in a way that wouldn’t reveal the surprise too soon.
“I wanted to get that across and not have the reader suspect it,” he said.
If his late fiancée could read his books dedicated to her, Griffin said he thinks she would understand his intent.
“While she was alive, she helped me and inspired me to write “Of Good and Evil,” he said. “She thought it was a good story and was a part of the process. I wrote these books (Bob Daniels series) so the readership could come to appreciate the worth and value of Jane’s existence.”
Although he has no set-in-stone plans to write a third book in the series, Griffin said he knows he hasn’t reached his goal of sharing Valentine’s legacy.
“I don’t think I’ve accomplished that yet,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve reached the readers I would want. I haven’t had that feeling of the success of accomplishing my goal of letting people know what a valuable and unusual person Jane was.”
For more information about Griffin’s published works, visit authorgeraldgriffin.com. People can purchase “Gods, Dreams & Love” and his other novels at Amazon.com and his website.