Interesting that writers as myself go about our job with the intent of having the words we pen reach out and touch others in positive and uplifting ways. And yet, we are always surprised when we find ourselves quoted by those very same readers. I have once again been honored to have a quote from one of my stories find its way into public speech. It was just the other night, and the occasion was that of the Charlotte Business Journal's Women In Business Lifetime Achievement Award. The lovely recipient, Carol Lovin chose a line from my short story George to punctuate how we are all indeed the sum total of our experiences. You can read and learn more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/02/25/photos-inside-cbjs-celebration-for-the-2020-women.html
However, this latest accolade reminded me of just how many and different and varied lives writers touch in so many different ways without really realizing. We can count our success in book sales and seller rankings. But is that really what motivates great story telling? I think not. An author may write a 90,000 word novel. But to have one single line touch a person in such a way as to remembered and quoted and passed along to others is the true sign of a job well done.
I am often asked to publish some of my quotes and their original sources. Here are just a few from my published books and stories... and a couple from works yet to come! Enjoy.
“The things we keep hidden deepest inside are often those that need most to be released.”
Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett