I’ve been with the year-long Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop for over four months. By now, it’s become a weekly habit. For this week, the writing prompt is:
Life Lessons in My Books
Good grief, where do I start?
First off, let me say that I used to be a teacher, but I quit. Second, I write entertainment, not ‘capital L’ Literature. In other words, I don’t try to teach lessons.
Nonetheless, my books are always about an underlying issue. Sometimes I discover what that issue is as I write. Often I’m not sure until after the book’s over.
But even thought a book might deal with an issue, I don’t consciously teach a life lesson: I ask questions, instead. Samuel Goldwyn said, and I agree, “If you’ve got a message, send a telegram.”
That said, here are the underlying questions from some of my books:
- The Trial of Tompa Lee — How does herd mentality interfere with justice?
- The Tribulations of Tompa Lee — How can you trust after a life of disappointments?
- The Triumph of Tompa Lee — What might make a woman a so-called ‘goddess’?
- The Midas Rush — Can terrorism ever be justified?
- Alien Contact for Idiots — What might real alien contact be like?
- Alien Contact for Kid Sisters — What if aboriginal Americans had dominated the continent?
- The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station — Can goodness, rather than expediency, overcome evil?
- Newborn — What is the essence of humanity?
Click here to check out the cool romance writers taking part in this blog hop. I’m sure you can learn a thing or three from them.