Introducing Anabelle (Ana) Clarice Stone first just doesn’t feel right. She is the main character Malcolm Stone’s wife. She only appears in the story as a corpse and as a memory. Before I introduce her back-story and her character, I want to delve into some issues I had with her.
During the course of writing Dissonance, Ana’s character has caused many frustrations. Once the story went into the hands of readers, I realized several people expected and wanted the story to be about her death. She was found dead in the couple’s mansion. The death is under suspicious circumstances and an investigation ensues. The book is not a mystery book about her death and investigation; but Dissonance is about the plight of a husband accused of murder and rebuilding his life in the wake of the destruction. (I’ll talk more about the plot of Dissonance on April 4th’s “D” post.)
Anabelle Stone, nicknamed Ana, is the eldest daughter of John and Marie Connolly. She has a younger sister named Coraline. In their parent’s eyes, Ana was always the perfect one, despite her obvious flaws. Ana suffers from severe bipolar disorder. When on her medication her symptoms are relatively controlled, but when she stops taking her medication she has been known to lapse into drug use, have wild mood swings that tend to be violent, and has attempted suicide on more than one occasion.
Ana is a well-known local artist and spokesperson for the art community around the area. She has a large studio on the second floor of the couple’s home. She prefers painting oil on canvas, but occasionally ventures into mixed media. She did several stained glass windows in the home, specifically in the kitchen and the arboretum / greenhouse room located off the kitchen.
This is just a small introduction to Anabelle Stone, but the next time you will meet her will be from the viewpoint of her husband in Dissonance. Anabelle’s memory will appear in all three books as Malcolm works towards rebuilding his life.