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Nov 15

Inspiration for Becoming an Author

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Today I am guest blogger at Moonlight Gleam . I am writing about Inspiration for becoming an author for Treasure of My Heart.

The Costa Rican landscape is awe inspiring! While living in the mountains there, I was fascinated by the community spirit and the hospitality of the local villagers. I developed some close friendships with my neighbors and enjoyed visiting with them and sharing hospitality in my own home as well.
I volunteered to have some children stay at my house while their parents went to work or had other things to attend to. The youths asked me to tell them stories. Since I always enjoyed writing stories, I decided to entertain the children with stories that would spark their imaginations. Thus, we set out on an adventure together. I used the local area as a setting for the story and included locations that were familiar to them.
As each week went by, I found myself writing down what I had told the week before since the children would ask questions about what had happened in the story. I enjoyed this so much that I was well prepared for each week, anticipating their excitement.
As you know, the favorite question a child may ask is: why? Well, now I was in for some work since I needed to have accurate answers for the children about the local history…thus began my research.
I went to museums and libraries to learn about Costa Rican history. I tried to use information that the children were learning at school and thus encourage their studies. Although it is not a history book and the account is fictional, the youths enjoyed a story that was set in their local area and included things they were familiar with. The children were thrilled with each new chapter. Telling the story was as much fun for me as it was for those listening.
I completed a first limited edition in 1997 and I am now releasing the second edition. In the near future, I hope to produce the story in the Spanish language as well.
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