We write who we are

As I was finishing my teaching credential, the program director gave me a book entitled Let Your Life Speak by Parker J Palmer. My director was fond of quoting him. She credited him with the line “We teach who we are.” It may be a bit of a erudite thing to say but I took it to mean that who we are is reflected in our teaching. I believe the same is true in writing. We write who we are. 

As I reflected on my latest released piece, “Goblins” I realized that I clearly have a pattern or a theme in my writing. I obviously love to write adventure stories. I also have strong themes of companionship in my writing. Whether it is Durbar and Maklar, or Durbar and Rothan in my Sureshot series, or the Goblin Brothers Nyx and Zyx in that series or the Dwarf Brothers Biggs and Smalls, I clearly prefer that no one go it alone for very long. This is obviously a reflection of my own heart. 

In doing “market research” I looked to see what fantasy novels were doing well and I was a little disappointed. The top selling books in the genre I prefer are mostly featuring female leads, fantastic creatures like vampires and werewolves and of course, young romance. I sat around wondering whether I could write in the same way and use the same themes in order to try to tap into the rich goldmine that is YA female fantasy and I just don’t have it in me. I like what I like and I am who I am. 

So, I will continue to write with my heart and craft stories that I enjoy. There will be adventure. There will be camaraderie. There will be conflict and there will be foes to defeat. It’s who I am and it’s what I write. So if you’re into that type of thing then I’m your guy! I will of course write some female characters. I have a few and maybe I’ll write a couple more to balance out my library. Women can be just as savage as men and I look forward to seeing them in action in my stories. 

Cheers everyone! Enjoy the adventure! 

Sonnet Flowers

Morning dawns and dew covers the grass

Light pours through the window above our bed

Gentle, warm rays of sun, rain down on us

Eyes crack open to softly kiss your head

Begin to wonder how I can show you

All the love I possess for my baby

What gestures prove my love for you is true?

Chocolates, poems or jewelry maybe?

Flowers represent how strongly I feel

Beautiful and fragrant in a glass vase

Delicate, precious and so very real

They brighten and liven up every place

So from my heart I gift you these flowers

And pray others have a love bright as ours