Genre: Adult Fiction (18 +), 170 pages
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Release date: December, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. In a few places there is some moderate bad language.
Should writing be easy? Does a storyteller have a responsibility to the world, to their community, to their family, to the events that shape our world and matter? I believe they do. Words have proven to be as powerful and incisive as weapons, not just in how they shape discourse and propel movements around the world, but how they assemble our feelings and emotions on an internal level.
I think writers have a responsibility to hold up a mirror to ourselves, to show the world what it means to be human, to be fallible, to seek to learn, and to give actions some sense of meaning.
I made a decision to tackle difficult subjects as a writer because I wanted to help others, help them come face to face with truths they had denied, or to motivate action. I’ve written about issues as wide ranging as domestic abuse, racism, homophobia, and depression, all because I saw so many who had much to say and did not have the words to express their insight.
And I think the reader expects that too, a level of intuition and intelligence that makes them think about their own lives, motivates them to take actions and to hopefully become a better person for having shared a few hours with the writer within those pages.
Of course, there is a time for pure escapism but the older I have become, the more I have evolved as a writer, I think even subjects of pure escapism owe something more to the reader in this day and age. On one level ‘The Winter Song’ is a romance story, but it talks about grief, depression, loneliness, losing loved ones, and these are the universal themes that as writers we owe to discuss with our audiences.
After all, if the writer expects the reader to spend a few hours with them in those pages, then why shouldn’t be both learn more about the world and ourselves in the process?
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