This trophy, if there is such a thing, should go to Palladia. 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. For a long time I thought it was another long fantasy story I was doing, or maybe a couple of other stories. And then when it first began, it was a little short novella on its own that I didn’t believe had any connection to anything else I’d written.
I’ve always wanted to tell a certain story. That is why I write—because I have a story to tell. I just haven’t told it yet. The books I’ve sorted out to keep on my website all hold little pieces of it or provide perspective on it (Which is why I kept them.) But the Story is yet to be written. And after months of working on many other things, for archive purposes, I realized Palladia could be this story. 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.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.