Today I’ve invited one of my author friends, Karen Malena, to chat about her work and what inspires her. Vic x
Someone recently asked me a few questions. Why do I write? What inspires me? Where do my ideas come from? We are all told to write what we know. Write from experience. Write about things which are relevant. I believe in my recently published story ‘Son of Mine’, I covered these important points.
Writing for me, is like a kind-of therapy. It releases thoughts and ideas which sometimes threaten to pollute my brain. I may obsess about something I went through as a child, or something my own sons have gone through. I ponder situations that other people have in their lives, wishing I could do something better to help them.
When I put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, it is like having a personal
therapist sitting across from me, asking me to tell them all about it. Tell it to me from the beginning. Bottled up pressures and silenced memories begin to flow in some sort of coherent way. I always feel a peace, or relief wash over me, once great ideas are allowed to be penned.
God is my motivation. For many years, words would not come to me. They failed me when I thought I had a great story to tell. It wasn’t until recently, in the last few years perhaps, where I was able to put a whole thought process together and begin a heartfelt journey of a story which I hoped would inspire and change lives.
It began in seeking God’s will for my writing. What did He want me to say? Each
time I would sit at my keyboard, I would pray before starting to write. “God, show me where You want me to go with this today. Keep me on Your path.”
Little by little, my characters found life. Experiences which I or family members have gone through, found their way into my novel. Not only did I want to just tell the story, but show how pain and suffering could be overcome with Christ at the center.
My published book, ‘Son of Mine’, is the story of a few months in a young man’s life. He could be you, he could be me, he may not be anyone we know. Yet the pent up frustrations and anger he felt growing up, and steady dose of belittling, by a father he wanted only to please, is something we all have gone through at one time or another. Maybe with a spouse, a co-worker, our children, or a parent. In all our lives, someone has tried to put us down, keep us down. Yet there is hope, and we need to all look for the rainbow, the silver lining to begin our journey of self-love, forgiveness and healing.
This is what I want to convey in my writing. Yes, there is pain, but there is something bigger than us all. May we have the courage to seek. I am glad I did.
Read more of Karen’s work here: http://www.amazon.com/Son-Of-Mine-ebook/dp/B005T4HUKU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320973793&sr=8-1