I love the quiet power of literature. Literature poses questions we are too afraid to answer in our daily conversations, providing a sanctuary for our thoughts until we are ready to address them out loud. Great books become venues for the human experience, creating opportunities to share and partake of something bigger, to live something outside the realm of our own experiences.
In fiction, we know the characters and the worlds they inhabit do not exist but we recognize the challenges they face as our own. We see elements of fictional characters in ourselves and in the lives of others. Picasso once said, “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.” Fiction allows us to explore truths we do not always recognize or are ready to accept.
Stories are essential for understanding the people around us and help us understand ourselves better. Stories help us remember the past, reflect on the present, and imagine the possibilities of the future. As I writer, I hope to create stories and narratives that allow for those experiences. I want my writing to ask questions we are afraid to ask ourselves.