Meet Guest Blogger: Mystery Author Debbie De Louise
It's my pleasure to participate in the Solstice Publishing author's group winter blog tour by sharing a post about myself, my books, and my feelings about writing.
As a librarian, reader, and author, books and the written word have been very important in my life. I can't imagine a world without them. Writing transports people to places they've never visited within as well as outside of themselves. It entertains, teaches, amuses, and sometimes saddens. The saying "The pen is mightier than the sword" is true. Even before paper was invented or languages defined, storytellers played an important role in communities. They still do despite the fact there are so many forms of communication today. A good story has value whether it is read off a screen, through the pages of an "old-fashioned" book, or listened to on audio CD's or digital files.
Books have healing properties. It's been proven that reading has many emotional benefits, and what benefits your mind also positively affects your body. Have you ever found yourself so immersed in a book that you felt like you were one of the characters? Have you traveled in time with a historical novel? Been frightened by a horror story? Fallen in love with a romance? Surprised by the twist in a mystery? Excited by a scene in a thriller? Books can stir your emotions and stimulate your mind. Who needs drugs or other addictive agents when a story can relax or energize you? There are no limits to where your imagination can lead you with the pages of a book as your guide.
I remember when I first started reading in second grade. It was more fun to me than any of the games I played. I felt like I'd discovered a wonderful secret or found a magic spell. As I grew older, my love of books increased. I admired the authors who were able to make me visualize the worlds they created. Then I began writing my own stories to entertain myself. But I also had a dream that one day, like my favorite authors, I would also be able to reach people around the world and give them the gift of my words.
Publishing my own books today feels just as magical and not a little unreal. Seeing my books listed online or occupying a spot on my library or bookstore's shelf seems incredible. When people review my books or personally give me feedback, knowing that my words are being read through their eyes is nothing short of miraculous. Still, I know that there are millions of books out there and more being published every minute. How can I hope to compete? How can I make my dream come true and reach all the people who would enjoy my stories? That's the lament of new authors as well as old. I don't have the answers. The best advice I can give myself as well as other writers who want to stand out from the crowd is to write what comes from their heart. Readers identify with real feelings, and most fiction is based on reality. You're the only one who can write your book. Tell the story you'd like to read, and chances are others will be interested, too.