Ruben stood at the top of the mosaic-covered stairs. Before him was the most beautiful garden he had ever seen.
Paris is beautiful and amazing and fascinating and different … and I am so lucky to be here.
I can write or not. Any time I choose, I can go back to my real world, to a life that’s so much easier than what my story characters endure.
Beyond Belief is a work of fiction so I get to decide things for Ruben and his friends. I also get to make choices as a writer and a person …. choices about my life.
People living in countries at war don’t have these options. War is relentless and cruel and people suffer through it every day of their lives … and die because of it. People fight to protect their country and their loved ones. They fight to find somewhere to live in peace and without fear. They fight for their lives.
It’s important that we tell their stories.
Yesterday I stepped out of the intense world of my story to regain my perspective. I needed space to think and reflect so that I could tell Ruben’s story with authenticity, but with hope.
Beyond Belief is a story I am compelled to tell. It’s a relatively untold chapter in history and it’s a tribute to courage and the human spirit, and to people who helped each other in time of need regardless of race or religion.
If you’d like to share your experiences about how you balance life and writing about difficult themes or topics, I’d love to hear from you.
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