John and I are in the process of adopting four girls, ages 14, 12, 12, and 10, from the foster care system. They are beautiful, smart, and funny. We’ve had two day visits and one weekend visit with them, and John and I are just scratching the surface at discovering who these amazing young women are. At the same time John and I are trying to share our lives, our likes, our values, . . . and our books.
A few weeks ago we were heading out for our first visit, and on a whim I decided to take them some of the books I wrote for the girls. I was in the garage loading up, so I went to the nearest box and picked out My Life, Unscripted and two of my novels, The Promise Box andThe Kissing Bridge. They girls were so excited to read them, and I was excited over the fact they’d know a little about my work. What I hadn’t expected is how many conversations those books would spark in the upcoming weeks.
When we arrived for the second visit, one of the twins ran up to me. “I read your books.” She was so excited, yet at the same time her eyes seemed to be full of questions. Later, when the family went on a walk, she asked if she could hang back and talk just with me. She then asked me about My Life, Unscripted. She wanted to know how much of it was really true about my life. I admitted to her I changed the names and sometimes the circumstances, but the stories were true. For the next hour we talked about true friendships, boyfriends, and insecurities. And when we finished talking about that, she asked about where I got the ideas for my novels.
She wanted to know where the ideas for the characters and about Montana where those books were set. I enjoyed telling her about my son Cory playing logger sports and about my friend’s near loss that inspired The Kissing Bridge. I enjoyed sharing snippets of my life, and I also asked about hers.
Authors often think we’re creative when we write. The truth is all creativity starts with observation. I pay attention to my life, the people around me, and their stories. I never know when an experience and an idea will merge to create a perfect template.
Read the original post at Inspired by Life… & Fiction.
Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”