I love this post. I love everything about it, and I feel like I've found someone who really gets me. As storytellers, we have the opportunity to impress upon our readers what matters to us. As for me, #IChooseLove.
#IChooseLove, by Sherilyn Putnam
I was so excited to have a chance to write for I Choose Love. As a theme, love, is important to me. In my life and in my writing. As a writer for mid grade children, love is an important part of every story I concoct. Whether it be love for a family member, a friend, or a pet, the act and the emotion are huge parts of the growing up experience. It can be quite hard to accurately portray love in writing, especially for young children. You want the reader to feel what you are trying to do, but not be beaten over the head by it, so subtly is good. But then you risk the chance of it being overlooked for the other themes of the book.
With one book released, it’s sequel and another story on the way, plus more series planned out, I have multiple opportunities to show the love, as it were. I choose love, I choose to write about it, because it is good. I weave it into each story I write, in hopes that I can bring love to someone who might need it. I think that is a primary goal of any storyteller, to bring the reader/watcher/listener an emotion that they need at that moment. A tender hug by characters you can relate to, a few words of encouragement read at a hard time, the most perfect music lyric at the most perfect time, these are all ways to help you get through a spot in which you are needing an extra boost of love. It might be presumptuous of me, but that is what I hope for. To have someone read something I wrote and get that little boost. That shred of realization that they are not alone, that they have that love there for them. No matter who they are or what they are going through.
Whatever position you are in right now, the writer or the reader, I hope you too choose love.
About Sherilyn Putnam
Sherilyn Putnam is the pen name of an author who decided holding in the stories for younger people just wasn’t an option. Thus a whole new persona emerged, ready to share her love of fantastical beings and adventurous characters with the young readers of the world. Sherilyn is almost exactly like the ‘other’ author, being she lives in the deep south, has two daughters, a hero husband and lives in a tiny house ruled by two insane cats and a miniature dachshund with a Napoleon complex. Her books for young readers almost always have the same message, one she feels very strongly about, “be who you are, not who others think you should be.”
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Read more from Sherilyn, in The Dragon Child
When a gypsy boy stumbles over an egg near the ocean he doesn't know just how much it will change his life. Once the egg hatches, the boy's world will never be the same, nor will it be for the creature that comes out of the egg. Named Dane after the boy's father, the creature will begin a journey to find his own family. Along the way, he'll learn that family is sometimes who you choose, not who you are born to.
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