Guest blog by Emma Leigh Reed, author of Trusting Love
Inspiration for writing can come in many forms. For me while writing Trusting Love my inspiration came from life experience. Although in the book, of course, details are lot more extreme than what I have been through, the emotional aspect of it is the same. The sense of never being able to get out of the situation and when you finally have the courage to do so, the struggles and fears that you face make you wonder if it was the right decision.
Inspiration will hit me at anytime. I can wake up in the morning with a very clear idea for a future book, or sometimes it is a niggling that forms over time into an idea. Either way, I find inspiration for me comes from life events, whether my own or others that I know.
As a writer, my mind is always open to new ideas and I keep a notebook with me at all times to jot down notes of anything that comes to mind. I have spent hours writing in my notebook while attending my kids’ sporting events, sitting in doctor’s offices or on my lunch break at my day job. Is it possible to be closed off to inspiration as it comes? Absolutely. There have been times in my life where I am in a place mentally where I just can’t think of writing and have let ideas slip past me. Although I must say those ideas tend to circle back around when my mind has come back into a writing mode. The thought of using real life experiences for my stories gives me the chance to reach people who have been through such things and possibly give them hope that there is a better moment around the next corner.
Life brings many things into our path –some good, some bad. It’s how we use these circumstances to move forward that determines how these experiences affect us. In using life experiences as my inspiration the best way to describe my writing is “where broken trust is healed by the power of love”. Don’t we all want that? The thought that love can be so powerful to overcome broken trust gives us hope to continue to move forward through the tough times.
Emma Leigh Reed has lived in New Hampshire all her life. She has fond memories of the Maine coastline and incorporates the ocean into all her books. She lives in a small town with her three children, although now it is mostly her and her Springer Spaniel to keep her company as empty-nesting has started. Her life has been touched and changed by her son's autism - she views life through a very different lens than before he was born. Growing up as an avid reader, it was only natural for Emma Leigh to turn to creating the stories for others to enjoy.
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