Risky Business

by klparry

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Last week, an author friend of mine forwarded me an email,

New Guide: 5 Secrets of Successful Authors. 

(Funny. Didn’t I just rant all over this last week?)

When I first saw this subject title, I rolled my eyes. Frankly, I don’t know why I didn’t deleate it. But today as I was at my morning routine of coffee, cig and email I decided I’d give it a brief glance. Low and behold! It contained something other than  the usual rabble that I’m all to accustom to reading.

The first bit of advice was to Write The Next Book. Well, that’s helpful. As a matter of fact, I’m already at it.

Next, the text asks you to write down your answers to Why. Why did you write this book? The point of this being; to express honestly to friends, blog readers and the world in general what your motivations were.

Now, this is some “risky business” and a bit scary too, especially since all of the characters in my novel, The Pirate’s Daughter And A King’s Ransom, are based on the personalities of actual people who I know and still have relationships with. So, you see, many of the situations my heroine found herself in were caricatures of real life dilemmas I was facing at the time. Then how do I say this without hurting the feelings of loved ones and not offending the people who’s flaws I’ve brought focus to for the sake of a good story? Not an easy question when you think about it, is it.

Happily, I can say that most of the issues that existed during the eight or so years it took me to complete this first novel, have since been resolved. Be that as it may, I’m not sure that my mentioning the villain in my story is modeled after, humm…, let’s say, a one time superior at work, is going to be a good idea. (Not that he is, of course.)

What I can safely say is this. The story of “The Pirate’s Daughter And A King’s Ransom” comes from a very personal place of truth. It’s beginnings, a way for me to release the frustration, anger and sadness that, at times, seemed to overwhelm me. Thankfully, through the process, I’ve found some clarity and it’s brought me into a much happier place.

Write on, my friends.

~ K.L. Parry ~ author of “The Pirate’s Daughter And A King’s Ransom