Paul DeBlassie III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.
Enjoy this interview as he talks about his new book, The Unholy.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am a psychologist and writer. Psychological thrillers set in the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan are my specialty. They delve into dark regions of mind where good encounters evil, battle ensues, and darkness threatens to overcome light. In The Unholy, as one reader described it, things get going and then they get going stronger and faster and scarier. That’s how I write and how I enjoy telling stories.
As a first-time novelist, how did you prepare for the writing of this book?
I prepared for the writing of The Unholy by listening to my wife, Kathy. I’ve published three other books in psychology and spirituality. My old publisher said I was too controversial too publish. Kathy said, “do a story.” So, I listened to her, and did a story, a controversial story J.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
The Unholy will be followed up by The Dark Goddess. In The Dark Goddess the question of whether bad love is better than no love is asked. It takes place in the phantasmagoric realm of Aztlan where dream, visions, and natural magic are everyday happenings!
What authors influence your writing?
The old gothic masters like Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen have been a serious influence on my writing along with contemporary writers like Robert Stone, S. King, Joyce Carol Oates.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
Listening to the unconscious mind unfold creatively in the form of story, dramatic narrative is fascinating. The characters come alive, speak to you, tell you what to write, what they suffer, their challenges, and their outcome. The Unholy filtered through my waking life, dreams, and ongoing musings during the three years in which it was written. I totally enjoy the life of the story felt within the context of my daily life and inspiration and then taken to paper.
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies?
The greatest pleasure for me is in my marriage and family life. Three of our children are married. Getting to know them and their spouses in a new way is an exciting experience. My wife and I are getting to know each other in a new way after having spent so many years raising them. I really dig music, play folk and blues, and am an avid yogi! Life is an unending trip leading to one state of enlightenment after another!
If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
No fame for me. The mystics of old would flee the thing. They felt it compromised them. I believe that. Archbishop William Anarch in The Unholy craved the power and prestige of fame, among other things. When you read the story, you’ll see where it got him.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
If I’m reading the signs correctly, the next five years will birth another two books, supernatural thrillers, each with their own phantasmagoric theme addressing life changing possibilities and heart warming inspiration.
Anything else you’d like to add?
A writing tip for new authors is to keep on keeping on. Feeling the inspiration means there’s something there to write so keep at it and it will all come together over time with hard work, patience, and time.
Where can we learn more about you?