This article originally ran Oct. 14, 2016.
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran Oct. 14, 2016 and the title has been trimmed. Due to the pandemic, we are tapping into our archives more for arts and sports. This section will return to its regular schedule when the crisis concludes with Alberta reaching Phase 3 of its relaunch.
By Marcia Love
Even when it seems like you’ve reached the end — it might instead be a new beginning.
That’s the underlying message of a new book by local author Kari Doerksen.
Blessed are the Dead tells the story of Cozbi, who is confronted by parts of her past which she forgot. From inside a coffin, she must re-examine everything to find out what led her to this place.
“She has a supernatural confrontation with the devil,” explained Doerksen. “She relives her life through flashbacks, and she has to question if she’s actually dead or what it is that she’s experiencing.”
The book, which was published by Tate Publishing is young adult fiction, but the author said it is part fantasy and sci-fi as well.
As the story unfolds, Doerksen’s intention is to show readers there is always hope, no matter the situation.
“I wanted to reveal a desperate situation and just show people that no matter what they go through, there’s always a chance at finding hope and discovering a way to persevere through that,” she said.
Facing difficulties in her own life as a child, Doerksen made it through, which partly acted as an inspiration for her book.
“I have discovered so much purpose through that,” said the 22-year-old.
She was eight years old when her dad passed away, and writing became a way for her to release the strong emotions that came with this.
“It was kind of like a vent to get my anger and frustrations out,” she recalled. “It started with poetry and journaling, and I would write letters to my dad.”
Her abilities continued to grow from there. In school, she was told she had amazing English skills, encouraging her to keep going.
She began writing a couple novels in her free time for fun. While those projects were never completed, her strong desire to share hope with people blossomed into the story that she eventually had published.
Doerksen isn’t planning on stopping there. Blessed are the Dead is the first in what the young woman intends to be a three-part series — the second of which is currently being edited.
The wife and mother of a two-year-old grew up a few hours north of Spruce Grove, but spent her elementary school years in the community. She, her husband and son recently moved back and now call Stony Plain home.
Releasing her first novel has led to a variety of emotions for Doerksen.
“I’m very nervous, but I’m just anxious to get the book out there and see where this is going to go,” she smiled.
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