Today we are kicking off our Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Guest Author Jan Sikes!
Jan’s story is similar to my own as far as becoming a writer. I couldn’t find anybody else to write my story either. So Jan, Welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be hosting you today!
WHY I WRITE
It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I say that a story begins with one word, one sentence, one paragraph.
I always thought someone would come along in life and write our story. In fact, I was sure of it as many people suggested it to us over the years.
But, I awoke one morning to the realization that no one else could write it because I was the only one there and would have to tell it myself. I’ll never forget the elation of attending that first Creative Writing class and how I was sure I could tell this story in a screenplay or one book.
Four books later, the story is now preserved. The screenplay is yet to come.
I never dreamed of being a writer. It was never my goal in life. That goal was my sister’s. I simply had a story that not only begged but, demanded to be told.
My initial approach was to tackle the story in first person. I quickly discovered that wasn’t possible for me. It was too personal, and I couldn’t separate enough from it to objectively relate it.
So, when a girlfriend suggested I create characters to tell the story through, a light came on. That was the perfect answer.
In creating my character, I’d heard the story many times in my life about how my mom had intended to name me Darlene when I was born. But, my older brother insisted that I be named Janice. Knowing that story, I resurrected Mom’s intended name and put a twist on it using Darlina. The last name Flowers simply flowed.
Luke Stone’s character name came from my favorite uncle growing up, Uncle Luke. So, using his name for Rick came easily.
The last names also fit our personalities. I was the soft naïve one while Rick was seasoned in life and hardened by his lifestyle.
And, so the journey began with that first word. If you open “Flowers and Stone,” you’ll find the first word of the first sentence is Darlina.
While becoming a writer was not my goal in life, it fits like a comfortable glove. Four biographical fiction books, five published short stories, a paranormal romance novel along with numerous songs and poems under my belt, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I love this quote from Ernest Hemmingway, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
I hope you enjoy this RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR tour and will join me on each stop!
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