Writer’s Craft #51 – Making Lemonade
April Grey‘s urban fantasy novel, Chasing The Trickster, is published by Eternal Press. Her short stories have been published in such print anthologies as Demonmind's Halloween 2010, The Best of Everyday Fiction 2, Northern Haunts, Ephemera and Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry. Many of these stories can be found in her collection, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe available through Amazon and Smashwords. More at: www.aprilgreywrites, www.aprilgrey.blogspot and
In 2004 my life was a roller coaster. That spring, our six-year-old son went on steroids after being ill for four months. Moreover, I decided to switch from writing fan fiction to writing my own stories again, after not writing at all for over a decade. That summer my husband had his first heart attack. In the fall, a second heart attack necessitated a quadruple by-pass. Furthermore, our son, taken off of steroids, became so ill that I made the decision to home school him.
That winter, while my husband recuperated at home from his heart surgery, I home schooled our son. I discovered that our son did math two years above his second grade class and read three years above them. His problems had been a combination of giftedness and chronic illness. His teachers had only ever complained.
During that strange time, my novel took fruit. While writing Chasing the Trickster, I cried not for myself but for my characters as they went through worse things than I was going through. They gave me hope that things do get better.
Writing can help us not only survive bad times, but even teach us to flourish during adversity.
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