Write what you know – even if it’s a broken heart
Whether the character’s an astronaut or a vampire, a high school cheerleader or a robot, more truth is told in fiction than on the witness stand.
In school I groaned every time a literature teacher asked, “Who was this author? Why did they write this?”
Does it really matter? I rolled my eyes and refused to engage in those discussions. But from fifth grade through college, while I stubbornly didn’t care, I was tallying up my own life experiences – hurts, heartaches, laughs, and victories – many worth writing about. But I didn’t.
It wasn’t until the big event happened, something I really didn’t want to know, that I began to write. And I became one of those authors people could ponder, “Why did she write this?” when I’d really rather they didn’t.
Because it hurt, that’s why I wrote it, why I had my character suffer the way I did and survive. Because it made me laugh, because I wish she would have lived, because he deserved to fall off that horse and get tangled up in its feet.
Even with abundant imagination, sometimes we authors slip into what we know. I have a website, I’ve had a blog. I’m on Facebook and even tweet…somewhat. But if you want to know me, read my books. I’ve written what I know.
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Mine to Tell
Amazon #1 Bestseller
from The Wild Rose Press:
When Julianne Crouse disappeared for several days, her husband assumed the worst, calling her an adulteress and relegating her to a nearby outbuilding he turned into a small house when she returned. The small house and the stigma of what Julianne had done hung over the Crouse family for three generations, especially its women, until Anabelle came along. She felt there was more to the story than what her great-grandfather said, there was Julianne’s side, somewhere behind those boarded-up doors and windows. Mine to Tell is the parallel story of Julianne and her great-granddaughter, Anabelle – two women, two generations apart, misunderstood, and looking for love.