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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday Spotlight: Wendi Darlin
A Part of Me by Wendi Darlin
Years ago, after I had begun writing seriously, but before I became published I remembered something I'd seen on TV and hadn't been able to shake. It was probably meant to be a joke, but it rang true, and I never forgot it.
People coming out of a movie theatre were being asked what they thought of the latest blockbuster they had just seen. I can't recall which movie it was, but this one beaming young lady said, "I laughed. I cried. It became a part of me."
I think at one point the comedians on Saturday Night Live may have even made a spoof of that. Funny or not. It has served as my recipe for writing the kind of stories I want to write, in my longer novel-length work especially.
I aspire to have the reader think the same thing about my book. I want it to make you laugh, make you cry, and ultimately become a part of you. That's what wonderful books have always done for me, and that's what I, as a writer, want to give to the readers who pick up my books.
My stories make me laugh and cry too, and in essence, I’m giving you a little part of me. I fall in love right along with my characters, every time, and I hope that comes through for you. There’s nothing more personal than what writers and readers share. We open up to one another on an emotional level, and we trust those emotions are universal. The fiction writers create is spun around little truths we’ve learned, and we can’t ever write without laying at least a tiny part of our soul on the line.
So if my stories ever make you laugh and cry and in some small way etch out a tiny little place in your heart, my job is done. And I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this experience with you.