Why Would I Write Fiction
Can you imagine a world without fiction? No Jane Austins, no Anton Chekhovs, no Stephen Kings. Fictional characters can be larger than life, such as Mrs. Dalloway from Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name. As readers we can know Clarissa Dalloway in a more intimate fashion than we can know our closest friend for Woolf gives us every thought shooting through Clarissa’s stream of consciousness. For legendary characters, consider Rambo, Lisbeth Salander from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, Don Corleone, and my favorites—Lolita, Jay Gatsby and Scarlett O’Hara.
Fictional characters, as I understand, should have both faults and qualities as great or greater than true life personalities. The ability to create heroes or villains with exaggerated faults and qualities contributes greatly to their legendary status as long as the rest of the story is set in a believable manner. Well, in that sense maybe I should remove Rambo from the list!
Since I’ve become a writer, I read like a writer. I pause over beautifully crafted sentences, admiring their simplicity, captivated by the choice of words and dazzled by the author’s intricate weaving of a story, word by word, action by action. I ponder a villain’s actions or a hero’s response. And I wonder if an author is ever as satisfied as much as readers might be with his or her plot, characters, scenes and descriptions. Readers who feel part of the story may regret when the novel ends as it has become part of them, their environment and at times going so far as evoking their own lives.
Even more than writing, research transports me into extraordinary worlds akin at times to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia or Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I feel like a princess surfing through details, mundane as my research is it lifts me out of the depressing news assaulting us in all forms of media and plants me in a world of fantasy. Other times my research takes me to other countries, Colombia for example, a country whose natural beauty mesmerized me in the 1990’s and early 2000’s when I traveled there several times for work purposes. Partly for that reason, Barefoot Park, my novel to be launched by Pen-L Publishing in March 2016, takes place in Medellin, Colombia. The story also needs a place like Medellin to make it believable.
Writing fiction is important for a variety of reasons, some of which we’ll explore at a later date. And though I hope my work has a broad appeal and more specifically I hope it will appeal to you, stay tuned for discussions on bringing Barefoot Park to market plus a myriad other topics as well as excerpts from the book so you can get advance insight to Barefoot Park.