22 January 2014

The Purpose Beneath the Story

The goal of a writer is tell a good tale. One in which the reader is drawn in, the cares of the real world drop away, and they connect the people and places on the page. At times a writer will have a deeper purpose to the story they are telling. This undercurrent is usually related to a passion or deep interest the writer has in an issue. 

In Night on Moon Hill by Tanya Parker Mills the reader meets characters with Asperger’s and obsessive compulsive disorder. By the end the reader is rewarded with not just a well written, moving story, but with a deeper of understanding of what it could be like to live, to thrive, in spite of these disorders. 

With  Dancing on Broken Glass Ka Hancock has us crying and laughing and triumphing with Mickey, man who is bi-polar.

Ali Cross, aside from telling a gripping story weaving together Norse myths with modern day in her Desolation series, shows the reader that it is possible to find forgiveness for seemingly unforgivable acts, that everyone is deserving of love and most especially one should love themselves and extend the same mercy they give others to themselves. 

Sarah Eden in her proper romance, Longing for Home, draws the reader into Wyoming Territory in the 1870s with a rich cast of characters while bringing to light the discrimination and violence the Irish faced both in Ireland and America.  

In my series of books, starting with Stars Bright, the reader will find gentle undertones of environmental issues, from the importance of sustainable farming methods, to urban gardening especially in impoverished areas along with the importance of bee keeping. One story even takes the reader on a wild adventure in Brazil while at the same time highlighting environmental concerns that affect the indigenous peoples in the Amazon.  

I enjoy stories that go beyond the telling of a good tale. I love to learn something new, or see an issue I thought I understood from a different light.

What are some books you have enjoyed that take the story one step deeper and seek to make a difference in the world?