I know my sweet mother has a picture similar to this one of me, tucked in an old plastic container under a bed in her house. A couple of years ago, when I sat down to write my 5th Chamber Series, I pulled that dusty box out and opened up a childhood of memories. I was looking for something, I think. Validation, acceptance, truth... I wanted an answer to the question I'm asked most.
See, I've always had a pen and a crisp edged notebook in my hands. As early as four, I have bits of stories I drew and scribbled out. By kindergarten after I learned print, I started to make the stories have substance, and in all of these years (though I've paused for long moments at a time) I never stopped making them real. In the last 26 months, I put out six books. SIX BOOKS. For an author, that is most rare. I guess you could say, I've always had a story in my head because I've always been looking for something. I've accepted that, I...feel. And with that acceptance, I found an answer to the question asked most of me-
Is there a bit of you in every character you write?
I think in that answer, is the truth to being a writer (if there is one). Never stop being amazed- by words, by the people you meet, and most importantly...by love. I think we all have the heart of an author and we all love to live the story. And like most all stories, we start from a feeling. So when I'm asked...do you put a bit of yourself into every character you create? The answer is yes and the answer is no. I write because I feel a bit of everyone I create, and putting it on paper is the soul's way of letting out what's inside of us all. For me- a vampire, a wolf, a ballet dancer, a girl born with a broken heart, a wife, a lover, a best friend who learns that playing the guitar can land you the man of your dreams, a soldier's want, a photographer's destiny...I have been in part, all of these things-
because I feel them. I feel and I write. And I write because?
Well, that's the easiest answer of all. If an author doesn't write, they bleed.
To anyone who is considering writing, and yes I get that question a lot too, feel it first. Live it. Breathe it down. Words are best spoken through tight breaths and gut wrenching pulls of emotion. They are best jotted down on a monday, in the middle of your hardwood floor, with nothing but some cookies and an old blue pen...cause' when the idea comes, go with it. Feel it. The best stories always start out with a thought, and the deepest thoughts start with just a feeling. And the answer found will come in the best ending...so have happy reads and moments that always catch your breath. <3, Elle Moon