March 25, 2019

Victor Hugo once said, “A writer is a world trapped in a person.”

A whole world. A world full of possibilities. A world where a mysterious, enchanting circus only opens at night or where a young girl with red braids stands up for herself when she’s teased. A world where a public defender takes up the cause of a black nurse against a white supremacist or where a group of women escapes a female-only concentration camp.*

So many stories.

So many dreams.

So many ways to transport us to new places and times.

I am a believer. A d.reamer. An a.uthor.

I’ve achieved some success with short stories and nonfiction pieces. I’ve shared dozens of works in the pursuit of getting better at the craft so I could share my d.reams with story lovers everywhere.

As of this writing, I’ve begun d.reaming in a different direction: my novel. It doesn’t have a title yet, but on the recommendation of a writing instructor I did write a logline for the book. It keeps me grounded, and it reminds me of what I’m trying to achieve. It also makes me smile, because I love these characters and because I relish the opportunity to share this book one day with everyone else.

Here’s the logline (which is a brief summary that drives at the heart of the conflict and often introduces the main characters):

“When King Christopher of Linden loses his queen and child, he thinks he’s seen the worst…until a mysterious threat arises to the kingdom’s biggest economic resource. Then his father-in-law is taken hostage. He’ll have to fight self-doubt and heal a broken heart before he can make things right again.”

I don’t know when it’s going to be finished. I don’t know if the publishing community will deem it worthy of joining the thousands of tomes lining shelves in libraries and bookstores and homes. I do know I want to share this story with the world.

Here’s to d.reaming. And the possibilities of all those stories. As my journey progresses, I’ll update this page. For now, I smile like a child eating my first chocolate mouse. :>


*The books referenced are:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly