I have recently launched a face book fan page called The Secret of Moonshine. I am overwhelmed at the kind response from many of my face book friends and followers. I assure you I am aggressively taking the next step now that my novel is finished and has been professionally edited. I am researching agents who work within my genre and am querying only those I research and feel a confidence in trusting my work to their care.
Most of you know I am a single mother, full time hairstylist and to be honest I am also making submitting my novel a full time job. I never stop researching, reading, querying, promoting….you name it, I am doing it.
Why? Because I love to tell stories. Because I began writing stories when I was nine years old on a bright orange typewriter I got for Christmas. Because I sincerely believe a great story can change a life. I am an avid fan of the TV series LOST. I loved the story, the characters, the secret hidden elements that we along with the characters struggled to unravel. The series ended this past Sunday evening after six years and I along with millions of fans sat on the edge of my seat waiting for answers, for the cryptic hidden message of the island to be revealed. And then…at the end, there were no answers only a breathtaking awe-inspiring death and the spiritual reunion of the characters as they met in the afterlife. When the show ended there was a stunned silence in the room. As the next few days passed I conversed with many people about the ending and read countless articles and post from adoring fans totally applauding the ending along with angry viewers disappointed that the secrets were never disclosed. To be honest I couldn’t get it out of my head either. Then I came to this conclusion:
We are all LOST and just as the characters in the story, our world crashes and we struggle to survive. And I believe we will more than likely never figure out the secrets of the universe before we go, and the world will continue to go on long after we leave it. But in the end it’s all about the choices you make and how much love you give away. Even Jesus summed it all up saying to love God with all your heart and soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. Now abides faith hope and love, but the greatest of these is love….In the end…it’s all that matters.
I think we love epic stories like LOST or the Lord of the Rings because our souls know they are meant for so much more. We long for the struggle so we can vanquish evil and triumph for a greater cause.
So why do I write the stories birthed from my soul? The quote below explains it for me perfectly:
“It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
What are we holding onto, Sam?
That there's some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.”
The Secret of Moonshine…. a story of redemption…hopefully coming soon