I like this quote because of the importance of asking yourself why you write.

My novel was a labor of love for me about a topic that I feel strongly about; when the average person does the right thing in the face of great odds. The unsung heroes.

So, I understand that some write for money, some write to be heard and others write for whatever reason, but it’s so important to know why you, personally, want to write.

This follows on the importance of writing what moves you, what you feel strongly about.

I say this because opportunities will present themselves to compromise your works for money or other reasons and you need to ask yourself what is most important. The answer will be different to different people.

Now, there is nothing wrong with making money from your writing. I hope I do someday. I recently was offered the option of selling movie rights to my novel and decided against it. I know some may call me crazy but I had to ask myself why I wrote my novel and was the option of having a movie made important enough to give someone else the right to do what they wanted with my words.

Right now, I decided no. Maybe that will change but for now I prefer that readers read what I intended to say, not a “Hollywood version” of my book. Is that a lack of trust in others to do my words justice, maybe.

But there it is.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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