Be Inspiring

How many of you have been inspired by something you’ve read or seen? Our lives are richer because we have the opportunity to discover a new interest, friend or passion every day.

As writers we have a responsibility to our readers. The satisfying end works because no matter how many obstacles our characters have to overcome, our readers can be confident everything will work out in the end. And the journey toward that end can be very inspiring.

For instance, I have a friend whose husband just had a stroke. I purchased “Flowers From the Storm” by Laura Kinsale as a gift for her. Those of you who know this book understand the “hero” has had a stroke and the “heroine” helps bring him back into the world. Laura created a beautiful story that dealt with a painful subject.

Another book, Silken Threads (Rita winner) by Pat Ryan, dealt with leprosy. The character rises above his affliction and proves his strength of character to the hero and heroine.

Not all of our books deal with such heavy subjects, but we are in the business of hope: hope that our lives can be better, hope that disappointments can be turned around, hope that love can overcome.  I’m proud that our romances make people feel better about themselves and the world.

What books have you read that have inspired you to be a better person or made you want to (sing, dance, smile, sigh) when you finished reading them? I’d love to hear what you find “inspiring” and why.


About Dawn Ireland

When I'm not writing historical romance, I'm practicing my harp, gardening, singing, acting, wood carving... Okay, you get the idea, I love to create.
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2 Responses to Be Inspiring

  1. I’m inspired by life in general, but I’d say Chris Cleave’s Little Bee (not a romance) reinforced for me that truth is necessary, to never shy away from it no matter how painful.

  2. jannashay says:

    There are so many books that have inspired me over the years that it is virtually impossible to come up with a single name. But I too am proud that our romances help make people feel better about themselves and the world.
    Great post.

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