I have more ideas than I can count for stories. So many beautiful stories. Filled with beautiful people.
It's my way of saying "thank you" to those people who have made an impact on my life. It's the smallest way I know how to make them live forever. They are in my mind, in my heart, then I put them on paper and they go live in someone else's mind and heart for a short time.
My hope is that those who read the stories will see within them what I was trying to say.
I write romance novels. I have no presupposition to think that I'll be changing the world any time soon.
But that's not why I write.
I'm writing the longest thank you letter to those who have already changed my world. Whether is was something they said or did, or simply how they changed the radio station that one time without having to be asked, they gave me something.
If you pick up one of my stories someday and you see the hint of yourself in my hero, that was deliberate. Don't argue with me either, because you should already know I'm too stubborn to listen. You might think that I'm romantisicing the facts, making you into a better person that you really are. But I'm not. If you don't want to remembered as a hero, then stop being so heroic. Though, that might be impossible in your case.
I'm trying, as hard as I can, to showcase you. All of you. Those rare birds that came into my life during unfortunate circumstances and sang me a song. I'm not great at displaying my affection broadly. I'm also not great at putting my inner turmoil out on display for speculation and interpretation. But I can write it down in my simple stories.
Thank you for letting me see you. For being the inspiration to my favorite characters. For making me laugh on days when I really, really needed to laugh. For showing me what lovely looks like. For showing me what people are truly capable of when we just let them fly.
I saw everything. I committed it to memory. You were amazing.