Full Circle: A Visit to Christine Taber's Quindecennial Retrospective at Cypress College Art Gallery

Just as the Cypress College Art Gallery opened for business, the bell in a nearby tower tolled ten times. I hated that it reminded me of a death knell. I was there to see a retrospective show of the paintings of my friend, Christine Taber, who had lost her life in a bike accident fifteen years earlier. Shortly after she died, I wrote the descriptions of her abstract paintings that later became the inspiration for the realistic, religious paintings in my upcoming debut novel,Contrition.

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The Event That Motivated Me to Write Contrition Was the Last Thing I’d Ever Wish For

The entire story of my debut novel, Contrition, came to me fully formed in ten minutes. I didn't conceive it so much as hear it playing in my head, as if it were being dictated and all I had to do was commit the major plot points to paper. That had only happened to me once before (and hasn't happened since), so I knew I should write it. The trouble was, I didn't want to write a book.

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