the news, ever worked its way into one of your stories?
I work my vacations (Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Florida, Burning Man) into my writing, in fact they have inspired most of my books. But they are the setting, and the heroine and characters in my novels are not me nor even like me, although when am writing the book, in my head I become each chacter,
My current WIP (Work in Process) is set in a South Central Kansas Mennonite community in 1953 and present time. My mother's family came from the time and one side of the family were Mennonites. I spent a summer there as a young teen, along with many other visits, so the summer I spent iinforms the book, and I am close to the characters, but this is a murder mystery, and there was no murder. So not really an event in my life. The place is real, a few of the characters are derived from real people, but most of the novel comes out of my head,
An event in my life is depicted in a long short story, unfinished and. unpublished,called, "The Pow Wow. " It is autobiographical. Said Pow Wow was in Flagstaff, Arizona.
I was a young teen traveling on a summer business trip with my Dad. While we were there, two planes collided over the Grand Canyon, a terrible, riveting event that still remember vividly. The helicopters flew over the town 24/7, and for the first time, I heard the words "body bags.
"Mid-Air Collision. over Grand Canyon
And the Pow Wow, with so many Native American tribes coming together in a huge encampment, was a place of wonder. Meat hanging in the trees, more silver and turquoise jewelry for sale that one could ever imagine, a rodeo, dancing, chanting, a parade through town overwhelmed a young girl's senses. Some crazy stuff happened, and that is where I stopped writing, because for the sake of the story it was necessary to exaggerate some events, and other events were. still troubling. I began to wonder if the story was somehow even racist. So long ago. So much water over the dam. One day I will finish it. When I am feeling braver. And I won't write about real events ever again.
Because they are too . . . real.
Here are some other bloggers who are sure to have a good take on today's topic:
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blo
J Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1Dm
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspo
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpre
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.w
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.co