Different things inspire me to write. It could be a book I've read or a movie I've seen, a feeling that steals over me on a lazy summer afternoon or a lightning flash of thought that latches on to my subconscious and won't let go. Inspiration comes from so many different places. The only inspiration that fails me is the inspiration I deliberately seek. Inspiration cannot be coaxed or coerced; it must flow naturally from thoughts or events. Now, that I've waxed philosophical, allow me to be a little more concrete.
When I was in the sixth grade, I had a teacher who was truly an inspiration. Mrs. Beecher was a terror to those who would disrupt her class--a stern taskmaster--but she was fair-minded, too, and would always give honest praise and constructive criticism. That way, you knew that if you impressed her, you were truly doing fine work.
Anyway, every Monday Mrs. Beecher would put thirty new vocabulary words on the blackboard. As a class, each of us was expected to take those thirty words and use as many of them as possible in a paragraph. I took that as a challenge to write the most interesting stories I could, using as many of those words as I could. Most of those stories were of the scary variety, and I wish I still had some of them, just so I could see what I was thinking.
Back then, as now, I really love that feeling of creating a world that never existed before putting pen to page and making it as real as I can. At the risk of sounding blasphemous, it is a bit like playing God. Yet, what is truly inspirational is that moment when your characters take over and begin to work through you. It's as if they really do exist. For me that is the most inspirational moment a writer can experience.
Brian has been hit with life's most devastatingly tragic event a parent can encounter. Not only did the horrible accident leave Brian to mourn the loss of his son, it also put his wife in a coma. Brian is left to face this life alone.
But then, one day he receives an unexpected email from someone in his past. This someone is Joanna, a woman he was once in love with. At that time the two were thrust apart by circumstances beyond their control. Fifteen years later the two are given a chance at a second shot at love. Will the past years make a difference and allow them to find happiness together or will Brian have to deal with yet another disaster?
A very touching novel that will make your heart ache.