Before I was an author, a writer of inspirational contemporary romances, I was a reader, just like you.
Well, just like you if you were that kid who went to the library and ransacked the bookshelves, leaving seemingly mere moments later with a teetering tower of books to be read.
Just like you if chapters played across your mind like scenes in a movie and THE END always came too fast.
Just like you if you asked for books for your birthday so could read your favorite novels over and over again. I read Little Women dozens of times and yes, I cried every single time when Beth died. Every. Single. Time.
Just like you if you thought browsing the bookstore was a mini vacation – and the best place to spend your allowance.
Just like you if sometime you threw a book down and thought “What was the author thinking?” or cried over a not so happily ever after or hugged a book to your chest and wished the story never ended … and then you flipped back to a favorite scene and reread it just one more time. Truth is, I still do all of these actions.
Just like you if somehow reading books wasn’t enough. If one day imaginary characters started talking to you, telling you their story. And these imaginary people wouldn’t stop talking until you sat down and wrote their story.
Maybe this is where the just like you sameness ends. You don’t hear imaginary voices — and you don’t want to, either. I, on the other hand, encourage the voices to keep talking.
But you and I? We’re not so very different. One of us tells the story (me) and one of us reads the story (you). But we’re both united by a love of story. My love of reading, my love of story, inspired me to write in the first place.
One of the best parts of writing a novel – and the most challenging – is the dedication. I always pray about the dedications to my novels. My heart quickly settled on one focus for the dedication for You Made Me Love You, my upcoming eShort Sequel to my debut novel: I dedicated it to my readers.
Why? Because novels aren’t so much about the author – although you gotta’ have those! Novels are about connecting with, touching the hearts, of readers.
For me, being a reader is where writing began … and where it ends.
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