The Power of WHY.

Do you know your own WHY? Author Katia Rose, decades younger than most attendees at a recent RWA writer’s program, explained to us how taking the time to answer that question guides, assures, and powers the correct flow while we’re crafting stories. Here’s why I write: I enjoy creating stories inspiring readers to trust their instincts. I chose to pen clean (sensual without intimate scenes) romance featuring imperfect people falling in love. My characters struggle, joke, persevere, and prove their loyalty to one another.

In a larger sense, knowing your own personal and relevant answer to the question of WHY could reset your everyday life. When you get off track, take a moment to quiz yourself. Why did you take your job? Why did you marry or stay single? Why did you adopt a dog? Why are you a teacher, or a nurse, or a stay-at-home mom? Visualize your reasons and own it!

Petoskey stone or potato?

The WHY is always strong and powerful. That life force remains in your heart, so learn to listen. Let it keep you on task and motivate you. Your WHY may grow and change as your life does, but stay tuned in. Katia suggested we place a talisman nearby while we write. I chose my Petoskey stone, both a rock and fossilized rugose coral, found on a beach in my home state of Michigan. The photos show the polished front versus the unpolished back.

Multi-faceted and beautiful.

I write unsuspecting heroines in the making. Danger and conflict polishes off their hesitation; allowing them to shine in their own strength and light. What could be your talisman?

Another advantage to knowing your WHY–and owning it–can lead you to your tribe. Prior to Katia’s insightful program, we celebrated one of our own, Marie Tremayne. She’d just won the esteemed RITA award from Romance Writers of America for Best First Book. The picture features some of my writing tribe. In Katia’s words, they are genuine, open, and enthusiastic supporters of my writing WHY.

Marie Tremayne’s RITA.


In my real world, Fall unofficially jolted the Pacific Northwest with 2200 lightening bolts during the first weekend in September. Rainy days inspire me to write and cool evenings find me reading more books.

Happy trails to discover your WHY,


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Torn by Vengeance:  Amazon USA:






About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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4 Responses to The Power of WHY.

  1. sueberger3 says:

    Congratulations on your rainy days and nights. We are still sweltering here.
    We humans live to create and make use of our world. My preferred method of creating is acting. My second is writing stories, and then rewriting them.
    These days I prefer to write stories with older heroines. Also, picture books.
    I just finished revising for the umpteenth time a picture book called Victoria and the Undertoads. It will go back out in the world soon. Last night I finished my own reading of Lord Byron’s Daughter, A few changes – not as many as I thought ‘d have to make- and it goes out for a beta read.
    Write on!

  2. Sally Brandle says:

    Sue, your radiate creativity! I hope we meet in person soon. Any chance you’ll be in the Seattle area on October 19th? I finaled in a writing contest and earned a table at the FREE Passport to Romance reader event. Lots of free books, free swag, and over forty authors hoping to meet fans. It’s at the Bellevue Westin from 6-8 PM.

  3. What a great post! Finding your WHY is a journey unto itself. I’m glad you made me stop and smell the roses. I reminded myself of all the WHY’s I could think of and then I opened my laptop and proceeded to write. Thank you!

  4. Sally Brandle says:

    Thank you, Belle. I’ve enjoyed both your Italian/historical books. Your WHY has to include more trips abroad! I’ll wirte a review on DaVinci tonight.

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