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This is why I write

Yesterday evening I received a text message from a dear friend of mine. She and her husband have been apart for some time, and it’s going to be awhile before they will be reunited. It’s been a real struggle for her, continuing on alone while he is away. In her text message last night, she told me that she is reading Telsharu, in the part where Daryun and Aisina (a married couple) are reunited after being apart for a time. After quoting some pieces from the text, she said, “This nails it. This is the love that binds two people regardless of circumstances, past or distance…Just wanted you to know. It’s like reading my life. Though with fewer swords. :)”

I was very moved by her message. All I could think was, This is why I write. To think that I have touched the life of even one person with my writing means the world to me. To me, books should teach us essential truths about life and human nature. Even fantasy novels have the ability to touch and communicate ideas that we might not receive through any other method. I am overjoyed to think of these kind of experiences taking place while reading Telsharu.

The interesting thing was that her comments also influenced a chapter in Buk Tu, with which I have been struggling for several days. This friend’s impressions, shared with me at such an opportune time, made me realize what was needed for this chapter. I guess you never know from whence inspiration can spring.

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