What inspires a writer?
What makes those words pour onto the page?
Why do I write? I write because I love words. I love our language. I love the amazing images created from mere black ink on white paper. I have loved words all of my life. I started reading avidly as a child utterly consumed by worlds and characters I would never see or meet but finally grew to know intimately. I fell in love with Rhett Butler. I discovered the Hidden Staircase with Nancy Drew and George and Bess. I am fascinated and awed by writers like Pat Conroy whose words make you smell the sea salt and taste the boiling shrimp; writers who can evoke images and emotions so profound and powerful that they linger in one’s mind forever. I love the characters that tug at you to return to them, to pick up the book and enter their realm again. I love that I yearn for those characters and places long after we’ve parted, as though homesick, wishing I could have just a few more moments with them. I love all that I learn from reading, the historical characters and events that I now know so well. I want to be able to give back what I have loved getting from others throughout my life – the joys of reading and writing.
My husband, Lon and me 2013
Our view and why we love the mountains. My hiking pals
"Words wander aimlessly across the page until they get to the point."
- Denise Cassino