I was helping out with dinner the other night.
Okay, so all I did was pull the leaves off of the cilantro. But still!
While pulling off those leaves, my mind suddenly began to crank and turn as it usually does when I'm right in the middle of something messy...
And a scene was born.
Mind you, this is for book three. Not TWO, but THREE.
Just so we're clear on that.
But the scene was so powerful, and the images formed in my mind so effortlessly, so seamlessly. I was floored.
Then, I had to talk to two people in particular. First being my husband. It involves Black Rose, the character he had created and allowed me to use for these books. Then I had to hop on Facebook and message my friend Liz, because it involves Laria, who is her baby.
Would they do something like this?
The response was affirmative. Which made it even better, because that means I know these characters (and people) that well. But I suppose it really shouldn't surprise me when a powerful scene plays into my mind, yet it always does.
I'm very thankful to have this gift. I'm also very thankful that I finally got over my initial shyness and have decided to share my gift with all of you. It is something I told my daughter, once, when she was hit with nerves about performing in front of people. (She sings and plays guitar.)
I told her, "Honey, you've got an amazing gift. But no one will ever know unless you share your gift."
So if you're just getting into the writing biz, please share your gift. Even if you inspire just one person, then it won't be for nothing.