Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's not all fun and games

I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Truth In Fantasy by the amazing Anne Marvin and I was inspired to write this post. She does a fantastic job finding some real truth in our favorite fantasy books.

My goal in writing is to have fun writing fun books to read. That is not to say there are no lessons or themes in my books that I want my readers to take away. Here are a few of the main themes you will find.

Friendship and Teamwork:  We can't do it all alone, nor should we. Without friends life would soon bury us chin high in trouble and stress.

Choices: We make choices in our friendships and our hardships. Some of these choices are not easy and sometimes it is not clear what the best choice may be. We have to trust our gut and use good judgement when it comes to some of the choices we make. If you make choices based on what you believe to be true and just then generally you can say that you have done your best to do the right thing.

Diversity: Being different is what can separate us from the crowd.  It would be a pretty dull world if everybody was the same.  Sometimes those differences are what make us unique and special. My son is handicapped and I recently wrote a Young Adult book called Norma Jean's School of Witchery. One of the characters is a witch in a wheelchair. I wanted her to be a strong character and she will play an even more important role in the sequel.  My first two books feature characters with a different sexual orientation than the norm. I think it is important that even fantasy reflect the differences we see in the real world.

The fight against corruption and evil: Many of you know I am an advocate for those that I believe have been falsely accused or unjustly convicted by a criminal justice system that is far from perfect. You will see these themes in my books, themes that go beyond the standard good versus evil.

Family: In our digital world it seems that family relationships suffer. Let's not forget how important family can be to us.

I want you to enjoy my books and have fun with them. It doesn't stop there.

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  1. Ultimately every writer wants the reader to learn something. A reader having fun doesn't mean that they can't also be confronted with heavy hitting issues, like those you've discussed. :)