Remembering a Life Lived with S.C. Wynne – Post + Giveaway

April 28, 2016

Remembering a Life Lived

Hi, I’m S.C. Wynne and I wanted to talk about why I wrote Believing Rory.

“I guess I’m the stupid one for believing Rory.”

I woke up one morning with that line in my head. I don’t know where those words came from, but it started me thinking about all the things that might make a person say something like that. My brain went to suicide.

Suicide is ruthless. Suicide is brutal to those left behind.

But I think it’s sad that when someone commits suicide the natural result is every word they ever spoke and every promise they ever made comes into question. As if the only thing that mattered was their manner of death, not their life. Surely their life should mean far more?

The problem is suicide feels like a personal failure to those of us left behind. I think it’s our nature to think we could have done something to stop it. If we’d only been more loving, more alert. We take on the burden of that person’s death as if we actually were the ones who killed them.

My MC Lane struggles with all of these feelings when his best friend Rory takes his own life. He meets another friend of Rory’s, Baron, who is also devastated by Rory’s death. The two of them form an unlikely, romantic bond that was carefully orchestrated by Rory before his death.

I suppose by writing Believing Rory I wanted to show the struggle of those left behind, and perhaps reinforce that the way one dies can never erase who they were as a person.



Has your life been touched by suicide in any way? I’m willing to admit I had suicidal thoughts when I was younger. I’m thankful I never acted on them, but I remember those feelings very strongly. Did you ever suffer with depression or thoughts of harming yourself? Did anyone close to you struggle with suicidal thoughts?

Leave a comment and let’s discuss this sensitive topic. The two comments that resonate with me the most will win an ebook of their choice from my backlist.

Check out Believing Rory today!



Will Rory bring them together or stand between them?

Eighteen-year-old Lane Graham has always relied on his braver, more confident buddy, Rory. But Rory’s sudden suicide blindsides Lane and sends him into an emotional tailspin. How’s he supposed to start college in a few months feeling this damaged?

Baron MacDonald knew Rory from playing League of Legends together. He was always intrigued by Lane’s online presence, and Rory had promised to set them up. Now that Rory’s gone, Baron has to approach Lane on his own.

On the surface, Baron and Lane couldn’t seem more different. Baron is confident and serious, and Lane is guarded and uncertain. But it’s the pain beneath the flesh that binds these two souls together like barbed wire and cement.

6 Responses to “Remembering a Life Lived with S.C. Wynne – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Didi says:

    I haven’t particularly touched by suicide, but I admited to imagine it, especially after I read or a watch a powerful story involving one. Even it was only a, call it an imagination for lack of better word, it was not a nice feeling to experience; stayed in my head for a while.
    And I respect those who raise back from this struggle, or those who could help others with it.

  2. Angela says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release of Beleiving Rory. I really like the blurb of this book (such a strong emotional topic) so i pre-orderd it and i’m so looking forward to reading it.

    As for your question i’m very lucky that i have never been directly/personaly affected by suicede or have thought of it myself but in the town i live in we have a family who wasn’t so lucky three from the five children they had committed suicide. It happend years ago but once in a while (like today reading your post) i think of them and remember.

  3. Veronica says:

    Thankfully, I haven’t had any loved ones that have committed suicide. However, when I was in high school, I had a close friend who confided in me that she wanted to. Thankfully, another friend and I were able to talk to her about getting help, which she received.

  4. H.B. says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I’ve never been directly touched by suicide although I’ve known someone who was. I’ve not been diagnosed with depression buy I know I do experience it. Even now when I’m feeling extremely down I think some pretty bad thoughts. It’s great that I have some supportive people in my life to help me through those moments.

  5. Su says:

    Sadly I have personal experience of this sensitive subject. When I was about 16 a school friend left a suicide note in my locker and when I found it at the end of the day I took it immediately to the school councillor. The note asked me not to tell anyone or her parents, but I knew I had to tell someone. Unfortunately it gave little clue to where she had gone, but her intent was clear. Eventually with police assistance she was located by the next day, but it had been a distressing time and her parents called my home a number of times to ask what I knew, which was not very much, and why I had not found the note sooner and in effect made me feel responsible for what was happening and even more scared. I eventually found out the reason and that she was saved in time (from this first attempt), but we were no longer on speaking terms when she returned to school as she felt I had betrayed her. I do not regret going for help and I still wonder why she decided I was the one to leave the note with, when she had friends much closer than I was to her? Maybe because they knew her intent and the reasons and I did not or that she knew I would go for help?

  6. S.C. Wynne says:

    Thanks for the responses so far you guys. Wow, Su, that is a gut wrenching experience. This subject is a difficult on, that is for certain. I was concerned it might be too heavy, but I was still driven to write it. To be honest, it is one of my favorite books that I’ve written to date. It effected me emotionally as well.

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