I know this particular quote has been around before, but I saw it on FB yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks.
This quote accurately describes the last year or so of my life. There has been this back and forth push of wanting to write and then not wanting to write. I let myself get very distracted, willingly.
I think it was because I really was not convinced that my second book was worth telling and I was consciously trying to come up with a better storyline. Then, I came across an article last night. It asked the reader, when do you decide to not finish a book?
One of the questions was, does this story need to be told? I immediately grabbed paper and pen and was able to list five reasons my story should be told. I felt better after that. Not all stories have to be told, in the sense that people need to hear it. Some are pure entertainment, thank goodness, but because I write about interracial issues during the 19th century, its possible that someone needs to read it. I hope so.
As it happens, I had already begun to emerge from the fog I was in. I can honestly say that my second book is back on track. It still may take a while to get it together, but it will be done.
Hope you’ll be reading.
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 on Kindle Unlimited; 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 am 59 and married 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 Doestoyefsky. 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 the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.