My books have been called inspiring. I'd like to think they are also empowering. But, why do I write them? I first wrote the words below exactly 2 years ago, and I've come back to revisit that blog post because of a piece in HuffPostBooks about why famous authors write.
In December 2009, I wrote: "I've had in my mind that I wanted and needed to write about my writing, so now I start. It is almost a year since I first published a book, and it's been an amazing ride. It was a big decision to start to publish, but I’m glad I made the choice. I will never forget the emotion that I felt the first time I held a printed copy of a book that I wrote. Since then, I’ve worked to get a number of my other books published.
In the past year, I have felt an even more astounding range of emotions as I consider that hundreds (now over 16,000 - Dec 2011) people have taken the trouble to purchase or download my stories. I suppose that humbled, excited, nervous, scared, thrilled and apprehensive are all emotions that have crossed my mind.
I got started writing simply because I wanted to get the stories from my head to a more permanent method of storage. Ever since I was a kid, I've had a bunch of story ideas rattling around in my head, but there they stayed. I experimented with writing a bit, and slowly did more and more, but it was about three years ago that I finally started writing in earnest. Sometimes, the ideas just pour out onto the computer screen, and at other times I can go weeks without writing anything new.
However it happens, I really enjoy the writing. I like creating characters and bringing them to life on the page. More importantly, I write for myself. I like Jesse Stuart's quote, “Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.”
There is one other quote about writing that I like, and by Paul Theroux. “Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.”
Whether many people will like what I write, I don’t know, but I will continue writing what I want to write, for myself."
In April 2011, I posted these words: "My books are about empowering youth.
- “If my stories help young people, by giving examples of kids persevering in difficult situations, then I will be very satisfied.
- If my stories help young people overcome their own challenges, and perhaps find some inspiration, then I will be happy.
- If my stories help young people find the tenacity and courage to succeed in their own lives, then I will be very pleased.
- If my stories help achieve some better understanding among friends and families, then I will consider myself fulfilled.”
“If even one young person finds some example in one of my books that he or she can use in their own life, then I will consider that every moment I spent writing those books was the best possible way to spend that time.”
- A FAMILY LEGACY: THE WATSON WORKS - made it into the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. A reviewer called it "Vivid Storytelling, Well Written," and said "I want to read more."
- PLAYING THE BASEBALL CARD - reviewed as a "Great Book, Very Inspiring" and "Seriously Good Writing," and well into the top 1% at Barnes and Noble for almost a year.