What does writing truth in a creative way mean?
This is the most accurate description I can think of for the stories I write in a creative and entertaining way:
- They are factual events, set in true settings. However, I have changed the characters names to fictional names and write in fiction formatting. That seemed to be the only way I could separate myself enough from this extremely personal story to go ahead and tell it.
When you pick up Flowers and Stone or The Convict and the Rose, you are reading about real things that happened to real people told in a creative way.
Luke Stone is the fictitious name for Rick Sikes. Darlina Flowers is the fictitious name for Jan Sikes (me). You can now see why these stories are very personal.
Why would I put myself out there like that?
- I have a burning desire and passion to tell these stories. They are inspirational in that Luke and Darlina faced what appeared to be insurmountable hardships as their love was tested beyond measure and it only grew stronger.
As you will find in the first installment of the story, Flowers and Stone, these two unlikely people crossed each other’s paths and fell head over heel in love. But, it was too late. The die had been cast and in a short time, Luke knew he had to separate himself from Darlina to save her from being dragged through the muck and mire of a situation he’d created long before she came into his life. His need to protect her was stronger than his desire to be with her.
I won’t give the story away as it takes many twists and turns, but my hope for anyone who reads this story, is that they might believe in love. Not just “love”, but unearthly, undying, everlasting LOVE.
In The Convict and the Rose, Luke Stone arrives at Leavenworth Penitentiary angry, bitter and rebellious. He’d never believed for a minute that he would be convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
Separated by walls and bars, Luke and Darlina try to find a way to live with their hearts and souls intertwined. Their journey both inside and outside prison will take you on a rollercoaster ride as they both grow and learn the hard lessons of life.
- The inspiration from this book is how through the power of positive thinking and action, Luke grew from the angry, bitter, egotistical person he’d been his entire life to a man with wisdom and inner strength. Anyone can make the best of a negative situation. When that choice is made, the negative situation fades and the positive shines.
I’d be honored if you’d join in their journey and glean from the pages, bits and pieces of wisdom you can apply to your own life. “Always do the best you can with what you have where you are” became the motto to live by.
Why do you produce music cds with the books?
The entire story revolves and evolves around music. Rick Sikes (aka Luke Stone) was a music man from as early as he could remember. Before he could talk, he tried to mimic the sound of Jimmie Rodgers yodeling that he heard through the Victrola. Although he wore many hats throughout his life, music was always the core of his being.
- After he was incarcerated, the burning desire to continue to make music led him to building a historic recording studio within the walls of Leavenworth Prison.
- The music cds simply complete the written story.
- The Convict and the Rose along with Forty Foot High is a journey through words and music of two people facing struggles of epic proportion from shackles and chains to drugs and gurus with undying love as their North Star.