Am I borderline Bi-polar ?
Slohn is the Corporate Operations officer for a large philanthropic foundation. He and his wife have long been suffering from a loveless marriage. To attempt to put it back together, they have scheduled a week-long trip to the Island of Bimini.
Madison had been married for 15 years and her sex life came to an end after only 5 years of marriage. She and her husband have scheduled a week-long getaway to Bimini. She was determined to restart her love life to feed her almost addictive need for sexual fulfillment. Within the boundaries of her marriage, she has been reduced to relying on various sex toys to satisfy her hyper-sexuality.
One moonlit night, Slohn and Madison serendipitously meet on the beach. A passionate, sexual encounter engulfs them which begins a torrid extramarital relationship.
Madison’s personality has other facets beyond hyper-sexuality. She is suffering from a rare disorder that renders her all but incapable of maintaining interpersonal relationships. She fears abandonment. She has an unstable self-image. Her moods are intense and change rapidly. She often feels empty or bored. She has real problems controlling her anger. Stress related paranoia causes her to imagine situations that aren’t there. All of these manifest themselves in her relationship with Slohn. It is caprice to say the least.
Their passionate love affair becomes tumultuous and irrational. Slohn is devastated and confused. Their romance becomes an on-again-off-again affair which ends abruptly more than once but ultimately in finality.
Slohn meets Fariba on a business trip. Fariba is a psychologist. She listens intently to Slohn’s story and offers to help him better understand what he has gotten himself caught up in.
Fariba guides Slohn through the tangled aspects of his former lover’s personality disorder and provides him with an understanding he has agonizingly needed.
The book is specifically written for the direct benefit of the sufferer to help lead them to an understanding of their behavior which can be equally confusing to them as it is those close to them who are trying to cope with this disorder.
Interview with F.P. Hawks
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first venture into writing was the co-authoring of a book on the space race when I was in my late 60’s. It was more of a biography than a novel or technical piece. But the process intrigued me and I went on to author, edit and publish other books.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The idea for “Paradise Pyres” came from knowing a mutual friend who a few of us concluded had a serious personality disorder. Over the years we had noted strange behavior traits that we finally put in writing. Deeply concerned about our friend, we discussed our observations with a psychologist who agreed that they possibly did describe suffers of a disorder known as borderline bi-polar (BPD). We also discovered that while there are many books written to help the victims of people suffering from the collateral damages of a person with BPD, the literature is void of any equivalent self-help material for the actual sufferer. So the book leans on one of the characteristic symptoms of a BPD personality, hyper sexuality, to seduce the sufferer into finishing the book and guide them to see the need to seek professional help.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am into video editing as well and have produced numerous documentary films.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
If they produce biographies, little emotion is needed or warranted. But for fiction or even non-fiction I’d think a successful book would attract an emotional response by the reader which would be difficult unless the writer were emotionally involved in his/her manuscript.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Giving a high school commencement address.