Friday, January 18

The Magic of Books



My infatuation with books took a while to begin...I'd always been a lover of movies, the exciting stories, the interesting characters, the underdog heroes, the romances, mysteries, the thrilling suspense, the great epic fantasies, the sci-fi adventures. *sigh* I just didn't have someone in my inner circle that told me I had all these things in books as well.

The stories I read in school were more of chore, and it was tough for me to relate to many of the classics. But finally when I was around 14, my aunt gave me her collection of VC Andrew's books. There I found the tension and suspense, the romance and the characters I wanted to follow along with as they told me their stories.

Now I try to write the kind of books kids will want to read. Books that can sweep a reader away just for a little while, because when I pick up a book that's what I want to do too, be swept away.

Books...I can't say enough about them. They are magical. Words are magical. They can evoke any emotion. We as writers have a sort of power of imagery and storytelling, and I'm just having one of those writer moments that I'm so glad to be part of creating stories.

I may not be a well-known author, but even as I struggle through books to try to make them entertaining and meet deadlines, I'm honored when I reach others through my words and characters. I'm honored that they picked up my book and read it, and took the time to tell me how it made them feel.

I never thought it possible that I could actually write a story, let alone publish one. Not until I became so immersed in the magic of books that I wanted to create my own.

8 comments:

Jessica Burkhart said...

You "may not be a well known author"? So not true! :)

I loved this post. Reading so many fantastic books also inspired me to write my own.

Amanda Ashby said...

I got goosebumps reading this post! I remember having a horrible thought years ago - what if my fav writers hadn't taken the time to write the books that changed my life? It really freaked me out and it's what first made me decide to try and write a book of my own. Oh, and btw, I still remember reading Flowers in the Attic when I was 14. I still can't look at donuts anymore!!!!!

Kelly Parra said...

haha, thanks Jessica! I've been inspired many times over!
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Thanks, Amanda!! That is a scary thought, but they did so that's a good thing!

Yes, the donuts--yikes!!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Kelly-
What a beautiful post-- and I totally agree, books are magic, I look upon my favorites like old friends,and yup, definitely read FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC back in the day.

A Paperback Writer said...

Nice picture you've included with this post. :)

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Alyson, thanks! FLOWERS is definitely and old fave!
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Thanks, paperback writer! I couldn't resist it!

Sara Hantz said...

Fabulous post. Yes, I'm a Flowers in the Attic girl too!!

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