by Karen Ingalls
Even as a young girl and now as a mature adult, I write from my heart. When I began journaling as a pre-teen I wrote about my unanswered questions, fears, doubts, and dreams. That process continued throughout the next seventy some years resulting in three published books and several articles.
I write about subjects for which I feel passionate. As a preteen growing up in a dysfunctional home, I wrote about the heavy drinking, abuse, and abandonment with which I was surrounded. Expressing my emotions and dreaming what life could be like helped me to formulate my goals and hopes. Unconsciously I created the person I wanted to be which was different from my two primary role models, my parents.
I became a holistic nurse and developed my own practice as a nurse therapist. My writings were now newsletters and articles based on health/wellness and spirituality. I was fulfilling the dream of helping people to become healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
My first published book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir was definitely written from my heart. It started out as a journal about my experiences when diagnosed with cancer. It soon became a book, which has touched the hearts of men and women facing cancer or other difficult challenges.
The two novels I have had published are about family dynamics,
which are very important influences as to the type of adults we become. The loss of the “Iron John” in the relationship between fathers and sons is quite evident in many families. Mine included. Men must know how to raise their sons showing and teaching them unconditional love and respect.
When one writes from the heart, the author is in touch with those things of which he/she is passionate about. It comes from the deepest part of ourselves…our soul.
If you are a writer or dream to be one, I have two suggestions:
1. Follow your dream. Do not let self doubt or fear stop you.
2. Read, read, & read more, and join Rave Reviews Book Club.
We just completed our 2017 Writer's Conference & Book Expo. It was a beautiful, educational, supportive, and inspirational event. There were author's booths, seminars/sessions, door prizes, and a scavenger hunt. Most important it was an opportunity to meet and talk to other independent authors.