Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thanks, Mom, for this writer's journey!

My personal journey into the awesome realm of writing truly began for me as a child. I thank my dear mother for reading to her brood pretty much nightly for my interest in the written word. In point of fact, I was so excited about discovering how to read I taught myself how to even before my first day of school!
And once I began writing there was no stopping the outpouring of words. I not only write novels, I write about the journey of creating each novel. Words have such power for me! And over me…

To date the journey of storytelling has led me to vampire lairs, to distant planets, to many exotic place right here on Earth and all have definitely increased my pleasure. I usually give my characters the lead, as they off-times know more than me about what they would or would not do! Another advantage of this style of writing is the journey is so fresh that I believe that freshness and passion comes across in the story.
Different species populate my novels. Vampire, Dhampyre, Angel-Fae, Fairies, Dragons, Aliens—all have called my pages home. And all have enriched my life.

So thank you, Mom, for introducing me to stories by reading a chapter-a-night to us. It was the best gift a child could have!

Love, January Bain                                                        
Forever Man
Forever Woman
Forever Clan



Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Absolutely. Our children all read because we encouraged them by reading and telling stories.

My favorite childhood memories include hearing books read and asking my parents and my grandmother to answer that special question: "What was it like when you were a little boy or girl?" Those answers created the background for several of my novels.

Jude Johnson said...

Few words are as quick to elicit a tear as a heartfelt "Thanks, Mom." What a lovely tribute, January!

There is no doubt that parents who read to their children foster a thirst for knowledge, learning, and a love of language. I had so much fun reading to my son every night; it was our special time together. Now he's a journalism major. MOM WIN! ;-)

Rita Bay said...

Love to read! My biggest present when I was six was getting my library card.
Loved Forever Man and look forward to reading Forever Woman. Congrats on your release. Rita

January Bain said...

Thanks all! So lovely to see how many writers have such special memories of the same things I do! We are all connected!!!

Thanks Rita! So happy you enjoyed Forever Man and hope you also enjoy Forever Woman. Forever Clan is coming January 7, 2013 from Champagne Books.

Congrats Jude on your son being a journalism major!

Nice to think, Julie, of how your childhood affected your novels.

Best, January

Rosemary Gemmell said...

How very true, January! Not only did I love reading from a very young age, I made sure my own two children were surrounded by books and I read to them each night. Now grown up, they both still love to read and my daughter also writes!

January Bain said...

That's awesome, Rosemary, to have a daughter that writes!

Richard Hacker said...

I used to go with my Dad to the library every weekend. Being a voracious reader, he'd also be picking up several books and I, of course, would take home a stack to be like my Dad. He definitely inspired a love of the written word in me.

Sounds like you Mom did too!