Friday, January 24, 2014

Daggers and Ink

Daggers and Ink... 

The two often go well together, don'tcha think? Characters live and die, writer's bleed words on to the page. Conflict and resolution exist between the text of every story just waiting for a reader to delve in and discover it. It's almost magical...

A psychic once told me words were the way I channel magic - my way of bridging the ethereal gap between what is and what we want to be. Now, I don't know about that. But I do know books have always been my favorite way to escape. It's been that way for me since elementary school, and romance was the genre that captured my soul and gave it wings. I know many of you feel the same way. Reading makes the mundane elements of my life melt away, leaving me with a secret smile and a sense I'm privy to something others aren't. It's silly, I know. But a good story lingers in my head, almost allowing me to float through the have-to-do parts of my life. It doesn't matter if the book is Young Adult or Erotic or every romantic sub-genre in between...if the story is a good one, with strong characters, good conflict and a satisfying resolution...I'm a goner.

There's a quote from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series that I absolutely love. "Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it."  

There's no other way to say it. Words are powerful.

Those of you who know my work know when it comes to romance and sex nothing gets my creative juices flowing like throwing in a bit of paranormal. It's the what ifs that make it so titillating for me. WHAT and IF. These two syllables have more power than any to haunt you for the rest of your life. At times, I think they are even more powerful than the words I Love You, simply because if you fail to say the magical three when the time is right, then the cursed two will assuredly bite you in the ass...and vice versa...if you say it and don't mean it. Well, you know how that one goes.

What if. 

Those two syllables may have the power to haunt, but they are also the gateway to dreams. The incantation every romance writer invokes the moment they put their hands down to type. Magic comes from those two syllables, and hopefully finds its way onto the page for all of us.

Where do you find your magic?

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