As I’ve mentioned, people don’t usually ask what my motives are for writing, but they have asked me to justify something specific I said or did. (They assume they know my overall motive.) But my motive for writing Palladia is very simple, although it may not be known about—the story was so deeply buried in my psyche I didn’t know it was even there. While I'll probably never write another Palladia story, City of the Invaders links strongly back to my teen years and my formative writing.
I’ve always wanted to tell a certain story. That is why I write—because I have a story to tell. When I was younger I wanted to write the Kind-of-Book-That-Gets-Made-Into-A-Movie. It’s long, sometimes it’s a series, there’s a lot to it, it seems to have hundreds of characters, and people relate to it. They feel it’s not just a story. It’s something that matters to people. I would see posters and ads for such things all the time—staring faces of actors and actresses looking down at me above covers of big books that people cared about. Like Harry Potter, which was a phenomenon long before I published anything. Not that I read Potter, but the thought would flash through my mind like a perpetual beeping siren “I want to be like that.”
When I told people this, they would chuckle mildly and believe they’d disguised that from me. Of course, I hadn’t published anything then. It’s been many years since I was that 19-year-old girl who wanted her books made into movies. I’ve gone down a lot of roads in life and gone through lonely times, busy times, hard times, stupid times. And all along the way, the Story continued to be written. Every place I’ve ever been has grown a part of it and City of the Invaders grew to capture a good deal of those early aspirations in being a story about the adventures of people who entertain others.
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I've always been a writer. Author of 9 published books. Most recently published A Year with the Harrisons, a variation on Little Women. Next year will be publishing The Prince's Ball, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.