Often writers attempt to make sense of a world gone mad through their creation of words on a page.
Some do it to purge their souls, while others seek answers to questions that may not even yet be known.
When I sit down to read a good book and it tackles tough subjects I wonder what the author went through to put that kind of emotion into their work.
Recently I listened to a podcast interview with romantic suspense writers, J.T. Ellison and Laura Griffin.
When asked if there was anything these two award winning authors would not write about J. T. Ellison said cats- she refuses to allow anyone to hurt a cat in her novels.
Laura said for her it’s kids, she can’t bring herself to see a child harmed within her books.
I thought this was very interesting.
Even though it’s fiction and anything goes, these writers still use a moral compass while creating their stories.
One of my favorite authors who likes to tackle tough subject matters is Sarah Mayberry.
She’s written about breast cancer, spousal infidelity and deaths, family rifts, and horrifying car accidents. Yet through it all Sarah avoids the depression you would expect from such a story by giving her protagonist a chance at a love so great it overcomes the odds.
As a reader I come away feeling as though anything is possible.
To me, that’s a good book.
In my own series, Wounded Hearts, set in the fictional small town of Tidal Falls I introduced a character, Grace Martin, who is learning to deal with a recent diagnosis of Diabetes.
Here’s a short excerpt from The Rebel’s Redemption:
“I’m worried about Ma. She doesn’t look very good. She almost lost her balance in the kitchen a few minutes ago. What’s going on, Sue?”
She fiddled with the washrag in her hands for a few moments, folding, and then refolding until he placed his own palm over the top, stopping her. “Look, I know she probably swore you to secrecy, but I have a right to know.” He hesitated, almost afraid to put his fear into words. “It’s cancer, isn’t it?”
Susan gasped, “God no, whatever gave you that idea?” She turned her work-roughened hand over and clasped his tightly. “No, child. Your momma is fine. She has diabetes, that’s all. If she doesn’t pay enough attention to the time and forgets to have a snack, she gets dizzy.” Susan smiled reassuringly, “It’s a process, and we’re still learning, but she’s doing okay. Don’t you worry; I won’t let anything happen to your mom. Who else is going to cause me grief, huh?”
Jared sat back and let the relief wash over him. Diabetes was a serious disease and needed proper management or it could have dire consequences, but at least it was manageable. “You don’t know how glad I am you said that. I was picturing…”
“Tut, tut, none of that now. We ain’t ready to be pushing up daisies yet, my boy.” Her gaze swept the restaurant, and then returned to him. “I won’t lie to you. Grace ignored the problem for too long—you know how she is about doctors—and it cost her. Instead of an exercise and diet plan, she now has to take meds three times a day. But at least for now, that’s it, no needles.”
Jared’s gut turned at the thought of poking himself. He must have looked a little green because she hastened to add, “Her blood glucose readings have been pretty good, in the sevens and eights. Not ideal, which is in the six point range, but not bad either. When she first went in they were sixteen. Doc Johnson wasn’t impressed, let me tell you. They had a bit of a go-around, but then reached an agreement. She goes in for a checkup twice a year; he’ll do his best to keep her feet planted on the ground.”
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What stops you from picking up a book to read? Is there a line you won’t cross?
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