“BE WHAT YOU ARE AND SAY WHAT YOU FEEL BECAUSE THOSE WHO MIND DON’T MATTER AND THOSE WHO MATTER DON’T MIND.”––Dr. Seuss
Does that mean my books are entirely fiction? Or the fact that I believe that true love exists, does it make it non-fiction? I know that for me, the beauty of writing is not just the words themselves, but the message. I hope to create for the reader a world that they can escape to and eventually walk away with a stronger belief in the underlying message I hoped to get across. That is right, I do not just write a plot, but also include morals to the story. I do this by way of metaphors. Sometimes the metaphors are simple and easily understood, other times the reader must be guided through the process of enlightenment. Ultimately, by the end, there is a message.
You might ask, what is a prayer notebook? Well in this work of fiction, a prayer notebook is a collection of motivational thoughts that have lifted Elizabeth and guided her through the fog of depression. Many of you know that I struggled for ten years with major depression but now have had 5 years of where I have been free of its crippling effects. During those ten years, I often had sticky notes on my mirror with these uplifting thoughts. Many of these thoughts made it into To Refine Like Silver by way of Elizabeth’s prayer notebook. Slowly, with the help of thoughts like “Fully rely on God” and “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have left”, the moral of the story came across: Our trials do not define us, rather they refine us.
Did I just use the word God? I did! I know it is controversial to write a romance where God or the Bible is an intricate part of the plot, but I did it! And in no way am I worried about it. Ultimately, although I hope to touch one person, I believe that more than one person will not only fall in love with the world of Darcy and Elizabeth again, but also to introspect into their personal relationship with God. I am prepared to hear a lot of bad reviews of those who might think I am preaching in a world that criticizes those who lean on a higher power. But as I said earlier, I know why I write. I write because I feel passionate about something, so much so that my personal thoughts and views have leaked onto the page.
So although I usually am so nervous to hit the submit button and publish a book, I feel a great deal of peace in knowing that I am 100% invested in the book. I may sell one book, and repulse millions of readers because I have dared to use God in my book. But if that one book that I sell touches their life, then the book was a success. The numbers will not matter, they never really mattered before, but this time, the heart I touch will matter.
I am so excited to share To Refine Like Silver with you because this message I am hoping to get across is that true love does exist and if we wish to escape into a world where we humbly are reminded that we cannot endure our trials alone, nor do we have to, then please read this book. Of course it will be hard to hear negative reviews from those who are passionate about what they believe that are contrary to mine, but did they write the book? There are plenty of books out there that do not touch on suicidality, depression, relying on God, and how healing unconditional love is. I chose to write what I am passionate about. In a way, this work of fiction is a page from my journal. It is a piece of me that needs to be shared. So I wrote the boo.
So to conclude, I believe a good book, a book that leaves you with a book hangover, always paints a metaphoric picture of what the author believes; their heart is on the pages. For me, this is very true. And, for some reason, although this message is a controversial one, I am far less anxious about hitting the submit button on this book than any of the previous two. For those of you who are need of a little help in your life, or for those who know someone who struggled with depression, please pass this book onto them. It may not be your cup of tea, but it may be what that person needs to the T.
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