It’s true. When I read a great book, I fall in love with its characters and dearly miss them when the book is done. I know you get this. It happens to anyone who loves to read. So you have an inkling of what I mean when I tell you it is the same for me when I write a book only tenfold.
Yep, I admit it. I fall deeply in love with the characters in my books. For the time that I am writing them, they are very real to me. I live with them for years, and learn to love them more with each passing day. It is a relationship as true as any other for my mind and heart (and don’t all relationships start in the mind and heart?).
I love my characters. I listen to what they have to say, their wishes and dreams, their hopes and fears . . . they tell me who they need to become and I stay true to that.
I am there for them in the same way I am for anyone I love. And like my loved ones, they are there for me as well. In my darkest hours, when I lose hope, or lose my way, they are standing right beside me . . . teaching me to love again, reminding me of who I am . . . saying ‘You are a writer. You are not alone.’ You are never alone. And in those quiet moments, when words become a waterfall of hope, I know that I am home.
If I had one wish for my books, it would be to go out into the world and give to others what they give to me. To find hearts that need healing, minds that need courage and strength, souls that need light. To seek out all who need that sense of home. To find every heart that needs to know they are not alone, and say ‘Here I am. Take my hand. And together we will find our way.’
Every story I start is a quest… for adventure. For truth. For healing. For wisdom. For love.
And every book I finish is a journey home.
I am blessed.
That’s all I really wanted to say today.
At my house, this is my favorite morning mug for a reg cup of coffee.
Made it myself.
I’ve linked the snapshot to its Zazzle page in case you want to purchase one for yourself.
And in the afternoons, when I need a jumbo-sized cup of coffee, I use this one…
Here’s a fun spiral notebook I made with the same quote…
I’ve been asked where this quote came from.
I was at a writer’s conference where I ran into a young fan of my books and she mentioned how Ani Jasper (the main character of The LightBridge Series), felt like a true friend after reading Book One, The Secret Half, and she couldn’t wait to continue the series so that she could spend more time with her friend.
I said, “Yeah, I know just what you mean. Some of my favorite people are fictitious.”
She laughed and said, “If you ever put that on a t-shirt, I want one.”
So I did.