Thursday, August 14, 2014

A confession...

One of my biggest fears/challenges as a writer is one of the parts I love the most about writing--the romance. More specifically, "insta-love" I am a PROUD romance author. Yes, there is always much more going on in my books than romance--pain, growth, family, mistakes, friendships, etc. I want my books to say something, to mean something, and yes I think all that is something romance books can and do achieve. But because I am so passionate about romance it fills me with fear as well.

I fear people questioning how the characters fell in love.

I fear telling the reader my people are falling rather than showing them.

I fear not doing my characters or their story justice.

I fear not making the reader a part of their journey.

I want the reader to feel every step of the way--the first meetings, the innocent touches, the friendships that grow to more. Then the passion and growth and healing the characters go through both separately and together. I want readers to experience it. I want them live it.

I'm in a stage I go through with every book where I wish I could read my work in progress through a someone else's eyes and experience it from the outside. I want to know if they're falling right along with my characters, if they're seeing the characters stumble into something that has the ability to change their lives. If they're living the book, experiences or romance with my people, because that's such a huge part of it--the journey. I am all about the journey and not just magically appearing at the destination.

Another confession... I kind of like that fear. And I'm not real big on being afraid but I think healthy fear is important. When I stop feeling afraid that is when I will worry. I think most things that are important to us are at least a little bit scary. It's part of the way we know how much it means to us--or at least that's how it is with me. If I didn't love what I do, I wouldn't be afraid of doing it wrong. I'm not saying that's right or wrong or how other people should feel. It's just how I feel.

"Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul." ~Joanna Harris

When I'm reading there is nothing like being swallowed heart and soul. It's what I strive for when I'm writing, as well.

What books have you read lately that have swallowed you heart and soul? Is there something you love enough to fear?


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4 comments:

  1. I'm afraid of a lot of the same things or really this whole author thing in general. However, being afraid is what guarantees we wont do these things :)

    And it goes without saying that what you do is working. But it'd be amazing to read a story through someone else's eyes. What an experience that would be.

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  2. What I love enough to fear Is reading: I am afraid that one day I won't be into books like I am today, maybe it sounds stupid but I fear it. I Just want to say as well that I am a big fan of your ya books (I mean I read them all in two months :p) And I Just want to tell you the big majority of your books are incredible ! I fell in love with a looot of characters. I don't know how to say it but I felt their feelings like it was mine, if they were hurt, I was, if they were happy, I was too. I Just couldn't stop reading your books! And yeah, they made me think about myself, I even write some of your quotes in some paper that I put on my room's walls because they were so meaningfull to me. I don't know how to show and write what I really mean in this comment so I hope you will see it :)

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    1. I am a big fan of your ya books, AND NA BOOKS* x)

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    2. Wow. Thank you so much. That is such an incredible thing to say! It really means so much to me.

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