As a new author, it has been a humbling, heartwarming experience to have readers share how a part of I Know You’re There resonated with their own life. Women who have had a life experience validated, a funny memory rekindled or a pain from the past that was buried unearthed. Perhaps it’s this latter opportunity that means the most to me. To see someone finally voice something they have been holding inside, sometimes with tears streaming down their face, allows that old wound to finally start to heal.
Fiction, although make believe, has the power to bring us together. When a reader reads a passage of an experience that they have had, they no longer feel alone. At least one other person has gone through this. It also allows that same reader to see how someone else handled the experience. Perhaps this jars a new idea, a feeling of relief or an opportunity to confront something that has long been avoided.
So the next time your feeling alone, lost, or confused about something, think about taking a trip to your local library. It is a treasure chest of wisdom.