I have learned a great deal in the short time I have been a member here. Mainly, that the story I tell and craft is similar to the perils you embrace by telling your story. The issue to me is that my problems, explanations and advice is based on an element I have have chosen not to explain. And frankly, I deliberately hid that until I felt I had become a "good, known commodity." The problem is that it colors my responses and advice. So here goes. My story has a religious theme. Not just 'spiritual' like ghosts, or praying over crystals or struggling in the world of the undead. My novel centers on a man working out his salvation to find the one true God. In doing that, he runs afoul of an accepted religious political body, his employer(s), and even his own survival as a mortal. My problem is that how how do I answer your questions knowing this? If we discuss pain, sacrifice, morals or interaction, how do judge a "normal" reaction if self-centered issues no longer apply? If a Guardian Angel came to you, laid out 'paradise' and its implications to you, wouldn't your life's focus change on a dime? Knowing that earthly delights of all kinds and risking death against fearful enemies no longer apply to your now shortened life, wouldn't you focus solely on the whims of God? Another problem is the theme in todays' world. In 1979 when I wrote my first outline we as a society had no computers, Bram Stoker was the only one who cared about vampires, we were on the cusp of the HIV strain, and 'social media' was the water-cooler in the breakroom. There wasn't much religious diversity. I was also a younger man, I was 28, and losing your life in a motorcycle crash was a very real and haunting possibility. In quiet moments you thought about God, and why you left him. So, there it is guys. When finding God is more important than losing an arm or winning the lottery, you story plot shifts on its axis. And trust me, people don't want to hear about this theme.