My first holiday themed story is coming December 15th and I am very excited about it. I really am pleased with how the story turned out and equally pleased with the cover.
When I compared my cover to most Christmas stories, I noticed something a little different than what I've seen elsewhere. It's not "Christmas-y"
My mind was pretty set on what I wanted on the cover, so it never occurred to me that while a lot of other covers have mistletoe, Christmas trees and snow, mine doesn't. Could this be because I write what I know and white Christmases are few and far between in deep east Texas? That's a possibility.
To be honest, when I wrote this novella back in 2009, I hadn't even considered submitting it as a holiday story. Kind of strange since it takes place at Christmas, right?
I thought of it more as a coming of age story, or even one advocating organ donation. Not that I am some big public spokesperson for the cause, but I have been personally affected by the need.
Some of you may know that my husband of fifteen years passed away suddenly in 2006, which is the main reason I began writing seriously in the first place. I couldn't afford therapy. *snicker*
Although he and I had discussed at great length how we felt about being an organ donor, I never imagined one of us would ever have to make that call and actually follow through. So, when the hospital asked if I would consider donation when my husband died, I didn't hesitate. It's what he wanted.
Organ donation, in that respect, was difficult, but as heartbreaking as it was, it was the right thing to do for me and my family.
Living donors may not be faced with making a serious decision under the dark veil of grief, but it isn't one to be taken lightly either. Serious thought must go into it as well as education. Informed decisions save lives and keeps donation in a positive light, just as it should be.
For me, as a writer, I like the idea of incorporating a message in my stories. Most of my works may be riddled with an erotic flare, but unless the story has real issues that real people endure everyday, what's the point?
My Blood Hunter series dealt with child abuse, infidelity, autism, and even had a brief peek into early American history's shame of slavery.
Really? A vampire series had all that in it? It wasn't just about a bunch of vampire's with blood lust and a heightened sexual appetite?
No, and nothing I'll ever write will be just about those things.
Flesh Wounds dealt with depression, attempted suicide, single parenting and alcoholism. It wasn't a tragedy, by any means, but just the opposite.
They all have been. After all, what's the point if the story has no positive outcome?
Building a story around serious social issues is the solid foundation for any story, but when a romance is created around these topics, it makes the happily ever after that much sweeter.
When you take into consideration the desensitized youth of today then maybe you can understand the need for bringing some good old fashioned values back into the world they live in and remind others that the world doesn't end at the edge of your driveway.
Writing with a purpose, whether creating contemporary stories depicting real life issues or even correlating today's problems into a fantasy or paranormal, the message remains the same. Life is so much better when you learn something and a story is that much sweeter when it touches that special spot in your heart reserved for good tidings.
Now, I'm not one of those writers who shoves a message down your throat, nor am I one to say it's my way or the highway. I would like to think that the subtlety of the message finds a way to gently make a point without overshadowing the love and romance of the story, giving the reader dessert along with the hearty meal they paid for.
As a final note, it doesn't matter what you're reading, be it paranormal, historical, erotic or even fantasy and sci-fi, chances are the author had a reason for the subject matter and even if it isn't obvious, which I hope it isn't, you can rest assured that the author is giving you a part of themselves, whether it's from their personal experiences or not.
Somewhere, somehow, something bigger just may be there, nestled between the lines.
Be on the lookout next week when
releases from eXtasy Books.
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