Hi folks, the following is a repeat of a guest post I did a while ago. I am re-posting it here to answer a number of questions that have been asked of me recently.
Why I write what I write.
Let me tell you how I came to have a passion for writing what I write. Many years ago a dear friend, a psychologist, suggested I write a self-help book. She knew that I wrote fantasy and sci-fi, but so loved my life philosophy, she felt I should share it on a broader scale.
So I tried, and failed. I’d get a couple of chapters then I’d delete them. It was all so dry and boring that even I couldn’t stand to read it. I gave it a number of attempts over a couple of years, all with the same results. It was so bad it would gag a maggot, as my brother would say.
Yet the idea still held appeal, and since I’d left the speaking engagements behind, I did want to share what I had learned over the years. Finally, one night, as we sat with a friend well into the wee hours of the morning, convincing her to stay in this world, I hit on a plan.
The next day I began to write a romance novel. Not a romance like any other, but something completely different. I threw the characters together early, then let them tackle life as a couple. As the story unfolded, I let these characters show how to develop a strong loving relationship. One that would continue to grow stronger and with a deeper love, as time went by. The story was an immediate hit with friends, but I couldn’t sell it to a publisher, and I have the rejection letters to prove it.
The rejections didn’t stop me though. I continued to write these romances and pass them to folks I felt could benefit from them. Everyone loved them. Over the years I have written a good many of these romances, and I have added a few twists and turns to them from time to time. Most have a lesbian these, as that is what I am most familiar with, but I have also thrown in trans people, gay men, straight people, rednecks, and folks with physical handicaps.
Why do I continue to do it? Since I began self publishing these stories, I have been getting feedback from people who say these novels have helped them, and that they enjoyed the stories. I hope I can open a few eyes, hearts and minds.
The idea here is to give people a window into a greater world in a safe and sane way, through the lives of ordinary people. Ordinary folk all have the stuff of heroes in them, and I try to showcase that. You will always get a happy ending from me because I whole heartedly believe in them.
I was an abused child, and I spent over twenty-six years in an emotionally abusive marriage, but I rose above that to create a wonderful, happily ever after, life. You can too, I have put the instruction into my romance stories. The characters in my stories are all pieces of folks I have met and shared life histories with. There’s been lots of mixing and matching, but there’s a lot of real life in there, a lot of hard won insights.
The Universal Life Force Energy (The Force) loves balance in all things, so I also write fantasy, urban fantasy, and sci-fi because I love the stuff. I do it as much for my own entertainment as I do for yours.
This is a piece of my peaceful world. The only song I listen to here is the song of the wind, the pounding of the surf in the distance, and the cries of the birds in the air. It is a good world, I like it here. It inspires me to write more stories to help folks find peace within themselves.
Thanks for allowing me this venue to express some of this.
Blessings be upon you all. Prudence