God created the heavens and earth, and we’re made in His image, so it is only natural that we too would want to make things of beauty. And one of the many things we humans feel stirred to create are stories—wonderfully entertaining, challenging, funny, and inspiring stories.
Ever since I was a girl I’ve wanted to express myself artistically, but more so in writing than with any other medium. To form characters in my imagination and then read about them on the printed page is like giving them the breath of life. And just as the Almighty loves to commune with his beloved creatures, how many of us would love to have lunch with our favorite characters?
As I’m writing Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, I’ve enjoyed the creation of my heroine, Trudie Abernathy, and I’ve been fascinated to watch her grow as she struggles and thrives and falls in love in this charming Texas town.
Also, characters can show up unexpectedly without the writer’s invitation, such as the amusing and adorable Wiley Flat or Cyrus who suddenly showed up at Trudie’s doorstep with something important to say. So, sometimes my stories have surprises even for me. And I’ve discovered that a small character can play a vital role, or what seems to be a chance encounter can have life-changing consequences. Just like in real life.
I hope someday you get a chance to travel to Humble, Texas. It’s in the southeastern part of Texas very close to Houston. And if you’re having coffee in the little café on Main Street, and you happen to run into Trudie Abernathy, please tell her I said hello.
I’d love to know what fictional character has stayed with you through the years. Who is your most favorite? Mine is Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Until next time, read, write, and enjoy this entertaining, challenging, funny, and inspiring creation called fiction!