By my guest author
As authors, we are often asked, “Why do you write” Or, “Why writing and not some other interesting profession?” Because the muse won’t let us do anything else. At least that’s my reason.
The voices in my head won’t shut up. They catch me at all times of the day and night, even interrupting well-deserved rest to entice me. It’s the reason I’m so tired, I think. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Why? It’s the beating heart inside of me. I live for it. I’ll take the grueling hours of research, though some are enjoyable for sure, and the hand cramps and straining to plot in a logical fashion, if only I can have the freedom of writing in whatever fashion the muse deigns to bless me.
Once that crumb of an idea forms, it’s like lightning has possessed me. Electrified, I am scrawling across the page or typing as fast as possible as the notion comes to fruition, playing out like a movie in my head. Sometimes it’s only a word, a sentence, even a solitary image that compels me. But I crave the freedom that steals upon me as I’m constructing a scene. I can compare it to nothing else in the world, and yet I’ll try. Most artists can relate with how perfect it feels when an idea comes together. And I think a lot of people can relate with their hard work paying off. To me, all I need is a journal or a cheap one-subject notebook. Give me a pen with limitless ink and the ability to write, and I guarantee that something is bound to happen. I can’t predict the moment the muse hits, but when that idea comes? It’s the best sensation in the world. Well…other than finding true love and being in my fiancé’s arms. But, that’s a story for another day.
Writing completes me in many ways. It brings fullness to my life. I get to delve deep into my characters’ lives, even meddle a bit, and learn what makes them tick. I get to learn something new every day, about my characters, myself, and about the worlds my characters live in. I experience their tragedies and their successes. And there’s nothing that satisfies me more than writing the story and giving it a conclusion. It’s always sad to release them, these characters you’ve come to love. But, like children, at some point we have to let them go, allow them to fly free and grow. A finished project always makes me feel good, even if the moment is bittersweet because of the parting.
At the core, writing is both a pain and a pleasure. As in life, there are certain aspects we dread – the blocks that come, as well as editing or rewriting. But, in the midst of the madness, there is one simple truth. Writing is freedom, a way to express ourselves in various ways. I seek to explore the human condition through the journeys my characters take. I live to tell stories because that’s what I do. It’s the only thing I’ve ever imagined myself doing for a career. And if I hadn’t known that as a kid, I think I still would’ve been drawn to it somehow. I might have stumbled across writing during school, perhaps with a project, and the seed would be planted. All it takes is one crumb of an idea, one slice of dialogue or a scene beginning to form in my mind and suddenly I reaffirm the truth.
This is what I want. I write because the muse gives me no choice. That inspiration would still be there, begging for me to take hold of it and fly. If I don’t ignore it, however, I can have a measure of peace. The characters, the setting, the plot – all of them compel me, therefore I tell their stories. In doing so, I find myself. And I am free…
Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.
A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature; “Lovers Like Us” (featured poem from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick; Second Chance Heart
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things