I woke up this morning with one thought… what’s the one thing you would do if you became President? With all the tension in Syria and upheaval around the globe and clowns terrorizing the streets, this has been admittedly been one roller coaster of a year… Whether you were a Snape fan, a Jareth the Goblin King Fan, a Princess Leia or Tammy and the Bachelor fan, a Democrat, or pretty much a pop/icon fan of any eighties icon ever, many of whom passed away this year. We lost an enormous amount of talent in the world, and gained a new President that half the population is terrified of.
So, back to my thoughts for this morning. Tolerance. No matter what turmoil people have been through this year, the one thing I’d campaign for as a president is tolerance. America was founded on the ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness). We all have different beliefs, moral compasses, and political and sexual persuasions, but beneath it all it is pivotal that we try to coexist and be kind and tolerant of the differences and diversities that make our nation beautiful.
We’re a nation of immigrants, of different peoples who came together for a common purpose. It’s my one wish for 2017, that regardless of what may come, that everyone would cast aside preconceived judgments and be tolerant of one another.
At the start of last year, I never set out to write six books within twelve months – it seems and sounds insane now that I look back on it; I am a busy mom and wholly devoted to my children’s academics and activities…. But once the final edits for At the Heart of the Stone were all in, something clicked inside me, and all of the stories and characters I’d been tossing around my brain for years kick started and demanded to be put on page and let loose. I simply listened, and gave myself into it.
The one thing I’ve learned from it all is that nothing is impossible if you have a dream; don’t let anyone in your past, present, or inside your head tell you differently. If you know what you’re worth, go out and get it!
Writing is cathartic for me in a way that nothing else ever could be. I find therapy and peace in creating new worlds, and bringing people to life through paper. They’re as real to me as anything ever could be, and there’s strength in letting yourself create and explore. For the coming year ahead, I wish you all the very best. Dream what you want to dream, be who you know you are, and don’t let anything stand in your way of what you know you’re capable of.
As we’ve learned in the last year with the talented actors and performers who were taken from us too young, life is too short to not live it to the fullest. I hope to write something that touches people in 2017, to somehow contribute to someone’s future, and be an inspiration to someone in whichever way I can. Thank you for buying my books. Thank you for the continued support, love, and reviews. It helps me in more ways than you know, and I dearly appreciate all of you.
All the best,