The More I Write, The More I Learn
Most folks like to think of January 1st as the point in the calendar at which to they long to examine their life goals and perform a status check of where they stand. I’m all for that, but for me, springtime—especially the Easter season—is when I deliberately force myself go still and think about where I am—and where I want to be. Why? To my mind, it’s all about revitalization. Renewal.
Let’s face it. Spring brings about such great new things: Leaf buds and flowers bursting with fragrance, longer days bathed in golden sunlight, sweet-smelling breezes and gradually warming temperatures…cresting water and crashing waves that just beg you to dance along a white-sand beach, or dive on into the water and enjoy.
As we savor, as we move forward, we learn.
After this most amazing year in my writing life, something occurred to me when I paused and took stock. I write for readers, of course, but beyond that, each story I’ve written has taught me something. Each one has forced me to look at my life, and my faith from a fresh perspective.
Here’s what I found:
When I wrote Hearts Crossing, I learned about welcoming the prodigal home. I learned about the importance of acceptance, and how powerful love and a lack of harsh judgment can be when a person honestly and earnestly seeks redemption.
Hearts Surrender taught me about the seasons of life—and renewal. My heroine is chic and intrinsically successful, but she’s on a quest for meaning. She wants something deeper than the superficial. My hero, a widowed pastor, emerges from sadness to lead my heroine along the way.
With Hearts Communion, the lesson God taught me was seeking faith in a storm. What do you do when your heart’s dearest wish is destined to remain just that—a dream and nothing more?
The concluding book of my Woodland Series, Hearts Key, is all about the beautiful grace of being given a second chance. After all, who hasn’t longed to correct a mistake they’ve made—like walking away from true love?
So think about it as you weed, and till the soil, and plant and take in the textures and scents of spring. Renewal and new birth are great topics to consider!
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Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second novel, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers and in the local media. Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – an award winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of The Woodland Series, chronicling the lives and loves of parishioners of Woodland Church. Book 2, Hearts Surrender, released in late 2010 with Books 3 and 4 – Hearts Communion and Hearts Key – slated for a late 2011 and early 2012 release respectively. Hearts Crossing is a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist and Hearts Surrender is a 2011 Book of the Year nominee with the Christian Small Publishers Association.
A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marianne is an active member of Romance Writers of America. She’s a long-time member of Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, but most notably for two terms as Chapter Treasurer and two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.