Recently, the NYT and USA bestselling author Sylvain Reynard tweeted from his account: "We read to know we are not alone. We write to know our words have meaning." If you haven't read any of his books, you truly are missing a captivating writing style that interweaves talent and wisdom in a unique way. I’ve always said that no one writes romance like him. However, today I want to emphasize on how his books touch everyone who reads them and how readers find comfort in them during their trying times. His novels go beyond the beauty of romance. His words are life-changing and full of meaning. His message is timeless and filled with hope.
He inspired me to write.
When I was a little girl, I was convinced that I was going to change the world! Can you also relate to this girl who believed blindly in herself and who really thought she could make a difference? But then, I grew up. Years passed and greeted me with both, success and failure. Dreams vanished and disappointment took their place. Eventually, I started to think that that girl’s dream was only a wish of someone too innocent to know anything about real life.
I thought that girl was gone forever, but as J.R.R. Tolkien wisely said, "Not all those who wander are lost." She wasn't truly gone and, after many years, I've been able to reconnect with her. Even when I thought I was lost, life taught me a few lessons that changed my vision of change.
Experience through the years taught me that there are so many ways to be a positive change in society; all of them equally important and needed. I understand that each life is precious and I need to focus on one life at a time. If I help to make a difference in one life, that difference will have a ripple effect on our community. If I keep focusing on helping one life every time opportunity knocks on my door, I’ll make the dreams of that little girl a reality. I don't have a magic wand to eliminate poverty, persecution, death or abuse. But I have words, and my words have meaning and power.
In my work in progress "Alive," I use my words to give hope, meaning, and purpose to women who are victims of domestic abuse. Hopefully, those who need to find meaning, support, and courage will find in “Alive” words to keep you moving forward, just like I did with Sylvain Reynard’s books.
I can't wait to finish writing what will be my first published novel, and I definitely can't wait to share it with you. It feels like the right time for a story like this with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. This is a novel dedicated to you, a hero whose story of hurt, sadness, bravery, and determination is unknown. By breaking the cycle, you change the world and give hope to your loved ones. You are making a difference because you are the difference.
You are meant for greatness.