Hello fellow scribes! Thanks for having me, Joanne. I’m thrilled to be here.
Years ago I read that writer/counselor Barbara Sher said we are all drawn to fields for which we have an aptitude. So listen to your inner voice. If you’re often scribbling away on scraps of paper, trying to decipher how you can turn everyone you meet into a character, and composing snippets of dialogue in your head, you’re a writer. Give in to your impulses, and trust that you will be brave enough to speak from the heart. And isn’t that why we write and why we read, so we can hear our own voices and thus connect with others and with ourselves? All we need is that little bit of inspiration, which can often be found in the most unexpected places.
Although I’ve been blessed to have some outstanding writing teachers and mentors throughout the years, my primary source of writing inspiration has been my family, especially my daughter. I began writing for publication when she was in third grade. One of the first pieces I wrote during that time was an essay in which I confessed to having been quite a stage mother. I recalled how I’d been determined that my oldest child was going to be a success “no matter what I – I mean he – had to do.” I acknowledged the sense of smugness I felt in comparison with other mothers whenever I assessed my own parenting skills, and admitted that I had often used my own unfulfilled longings as a reference point for my children’s lives, sometimes with little regard for their desires.
It was a raw, honest portrait that I feared would not endear me to a lot of the other moms waiting at the school gate in our small community, a written recitation of some ugly truths I was willing to whisper about myself provided no one I knew was within earshot. I submitted the piece to a parenting magazine in another part of the country, confident no one who knew me would ever see my words. Alas, my daughter had other plans. Barely reading herself, she was ecstatic when my contributor copies arrived in the mail, and insisted on having one for her room. I assumed she was merely going to add it to her vast collection of magazines. Little did I know she’d secured it so she could pack it up in her small notebook, carry it to school and pass it around the classroom while proudly declaring, “Look at this, my mom’s a writer”.
When I found out her teacher had read the article, I was mortified. I worried about how this woman would view me, as both a parent and as a person, and chided myself mercilessly. After all, what kind of mother makes such admissions, especially in polite company? Expecting her to disapprove, I was shocked when she told me that very few people have the courage to be so bravely honest. The day my daughter’s teacher told me I had the courage to travel deep within myself and acknowledge what I’d found was the day that changed me as a writer. I knew from that point on that as long as I had the nerve to listen to my voice, I would find something to say, something that would allow me to make connection with another human being.
Thank you for sharing your writing journey. It's encouraging to hear that you found the courage to speak from the heart.
Please provide your favorite inspirational quote; doesn’t have to directly apply to the writing craft:
“Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.” This beautiful French proverb has proven to be true in my own life on countless occasions.
We'd love to find out more about your new book, Matching Wits with Venus.
It will be released on March 8th from Astraea Press in all eBook formats. It's a sweet paranormal romance.
You've got my attention with that title...can you share what the story line is?
For centuries Cupid has longed to be more than Venus’s arrow boy. When he’s sent to eliminate “Happily Ever After by Amelia”, the matchmaking business threatening Venus’s status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia’s methods and make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her. But bereaved Amelia doesn’t believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she’s certainly not looking for romance. She’s too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that’s made her Hollywood’s favorite matchmaker.
Disguising himself as a mortal financial advisor, Cupid manages to break through Amelia’s guarded exterior. As their passion deepens so does Cupid’s guilt about deceiving Amelia. Cupid’s interference with Amelia’s life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods. With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.
Where can we find Matching Wits with Venus?
Purchase Link: http://astraeapress.com, http://amazon.com, http://barnesandnoble.com, http://allromancebooks.com, http://omnilit.com, http://efictionbookstore.com.
Therese, sounds like a great book. Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing your inspirational story.