- Posted August 29, 2013 by
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The written word: Your personal essays
My Love Stories
I wrote my first book when I was eight years old. It was a book on the weather. I covered two pieces of cardboard with wallpaper, bound the pages together and it was placed in my elementary school library. I fell in love with writing.
Then I became a pre-teen. Trading stationary, talking on the phone with my friends for hours and testing boundaries became my focus. I was in love with freedom.
I read all of Judy Blume’s books, the Nancy Drew books and eventually many popular novels and the classics. I fell madly and irrevocably in love with reading.
I fell in love with my first boy in junior high school. Well, at least I thought it was love. He was wiry and muscular and had the hints of a moustache. I imagined us holding hands and kissing behind the bleachers. I wrote notes about him and passed them to my friend in history class. I didn’t mind getting caught and going to detention. It gave me more time to think about this new kind of love. Romantic love.
I married my high school sweetheart. I fell in love with being someone’s one and only.
I went to law school and became a prosecuting attorney, specializing in sex crimes and child abuse offenses. I fell in love with helping people.
When my husband and I divorced, I was sad and invigorated. I considered who I was, who I wanted to be and with whom I wanted to share my life. I fell in love with myself.
I met a woman. I learned about Sapphic love.
I have published four novels. I am in love with each one for different reasons.
Wicked Good is the story of a mother and her son who has Asperger’s syndrome. It is a story of unconditional love. I wrote this novel with my sister, which brought us closer together.
Make Your Own Luck is a murder mystery about a young attorney who defies her father and represents a thirteen-year-old girl accused of murder. It is a story of self-love and unselfish love. I learned a lot about myself while writing this book.
The Lantern is a historical novel about a girl in 1400s Florence, Italy who dares to compete with the great Renaissance artists. It is a story of the love of truth and art. I fell wildly in love with Michelangelo while writing this novel.
Forbidden Room, my latest release, is a murder mystery about a woman charged with murder and the attorney that represents her. He believes in her innocence, but did she really do it? It is a novel that questions the meaning of love. Writing Forbidden Room caused me to reevaluate my definition of love.
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and am now cancer free. From that experience, I fell in love with life.