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. . .Welcome to my wee slice of Romance Weekly. Here are my responses to this week's jackpot questions:
How does your writing impact your inner life?I'm a very creative person and I believe the creative spark has a spiritual source, so I find the process of writing very transcendent. Well, perhaps not on a bad day when my muse has decided to call in sick, but on a good day, there's nothing better. I also believe the books themselves serve a purpose in the world. My characters often struggle with their beliefs about God and faith and the hereafter and I believe those struggles might resonate for my readers.Before I published The Queen of Swords, I worried that people would find the character's discussions about religion off-putting, but so far, not one person has so much as mentioned it. Go figure. Writing the book also made me reflect on my own spiritual path, which has slipped too far into the background in recent years.
How do you hope your books affect your readers?I strive to write the kind of books I like to read: those that entertain, edify, and enlighten to some extent. If reading one of my books makes someone stop to consider something they've never considered before, then I've succeeded.
Has anyone told you your book changed their life? How?Not yet and I don't know that they ever will, but it would be gratifying to hear. I believe literature can change lives and while what I write isn't quite at the level of literature, I still believe it could alter someone's perspective. Even if it doesn't and they simply enjoy the ride, I'd be satisfied. The Queen of Swords, my debut novel, released on Saturday and is now available on Amazon.com. It's been getting phenomenal reviews, which pleases me no end.
Now, off you go to read what romance writer Brenda Margriet has to say in response to these questions (mine!).