My web designer, Scarlett, e-mailed me this evening asking for a quote … something to put under the header of my website that would speak either from me or about me.
I was stumped. That’s the truth. As a writer, we say a lot of things and we write a lot of words. We talk about the craft and the experience of being involved, we talk about our books and our passions and the things that make us tick. But, unlike my blog which is for other writers — my site is for readers.
What could I say that was important?
In some ways, my readers will never get to know me. I don’t know if anyone else has ever thought that … but for me, as a blogger, it’s kind of heavy. They will simply know me as the woman who wrote THE MILESTONE TAPES. But, that’s very … one note. They won’t know nearly as much as my blog followers. And what I put on my site, I do want it to mean something to them.
So, I thought a lot about the life of a reader. I write, lets just face it, a very specific sort of novel. I deal with real life. I don’t create worlds or mythological beasts or other times in distant places. My readers will … to some extent … be asked to bring a bit of themselves to the table.
So, I chose …
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.” – Angela Carter
I wrote THE MILESTONE TAPES for my mother based on our lives and my curiosity about the other side. And I’m sure some reader, some day will sit back and think “that’s my story … we lived that” … and that’s okay. That’s what I want.
So, if you were asked to pick a single quote to define yourself … your work … your stories … what would it be?