Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
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Last week Joanne asked:
I'll go back to your writing roots. What made you decide to actually write a book? Do you remember when that spark took hold, and what incident, or words, or thoughts, brought it to life?
I dabbled in writing most of my life and that is saying something since I was switched from my left hand to my right and couldn’t read until my mother taught me phonics in the summer between 3rd grade and yes, 3rd grade. I had to repeat for obvious reasons.
Life sent me a tragedy when I was in my mid-twenties. I left that situation and was deeply affected. That was when I began to write in earnest. I never thought of publishing until I allowed my mother and a few friends to read my little story. All of them said I should try to get it published. That story went through many transformations and is in some measure reflected in what all my characters go through in all my subsequent stories. Isn’t that true of all of us? It resonates with readers because, while we all suffer things, they are not entirely the same thing, yet the emotions, the struggles; the heartache is much the same. Like our characters, we should all have hope, to come out of any trial a better, more compassionate person.
If you’d like to ask another question, give it a whirl.
Tomorrow I am hosting Mary Montague Sikes on her blog tour. Don’t forget to check in.