Barrie Summy has declared today as October Ovation. She has urged bloggers to talk about a person or people they admire.
I'm going to bend the rules a might and talk about an entire gender. The female gender.
As a writer the question I most often am asked is ... "What do you write?"
Even though my last project was a humorous mainstream novel, my usual answer is women's fiction, and that reply generally brings on raised eyebrows and a dubious, "Really?"
I've had other writers ask me why I write women's fiction given that I'm bucking the norm and the odds.
To them I answer "I can only tell the stories that come to me."
But I have given the subject a lot of thought and now realize that the reason I write stories with strong female characters is because the females in my life have always been stronger and more reliable than the men.
I was raised by a single mom. Now that I have became a parent myself I am stunned by the sacrifices and hard work she put in to raise me and my brother. I also owe my love of reading to her as she insisted my entire life that I read something at all times. She didn't care what but if I dared say I was bored she'd drive me to the library and say the world is yours. Find something you like to entertain yourself. Back then I wasn't even smart enough to realize I was learning something in the process.
As a young boy I also had my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother to learn from. They both taught me more than they'll ever know. I miss the old days of Sunday dinners and they way the two of them were the center of my family's universe. I learned what grief really felt like when my great-grandmother passed away and to this day I can't think of her without smiling as she spoiled me in ways no one else ever has.
My grandmother is still alive and as feisty as ever though in declining health and relegated to a nursing home. I am thankful for the treasure chest of memories I have from the days when she was stronger. I visit her often and wish that I could do more.
I am fortunate to have a good many female friends over the years. I can truthfully say they have never let me down the way many of my guy buddies have though I have a few rock steady pals of the male gender as well. And writing wise all of my mentors are women. Thanks ladies, you know who you are.
That brings me to my lovely wife Jennifer. First off it takes a saint to put up with me. Sure I'm a likable and lovable guy here on the blog, but trust me it ain't all T-bones and smiles living with me. She gives me time to pursue my crazy dreams of becoming an author, she takes great care of me and our boys, and she doesn't make me eat lettuce.
Why do I write women's fiction.
Because most of the time women are a hell of a lot more interesting than us hairy knuckled men. Heck all of us have the exact same motivation for everything we do.
So to all the females of the world ... I salute you!
And visit these other bloggers who are taking part on October Ovation.
Through the Tollbooth
Elizabeth--About New York
Jason--Scribblings of a Madman
The Adventures (and Misadventures) of Amy
Sandy--Peaceful Heart Stained Glass
Debra--From Skilled Hands
Welcome to the Patti-O
Larramie--Seize A Daisy