As much as I love fiction, and fictional characters, I love real people too. From a distance, and with fear and fascination... I observe them. I find human beings fascinating. That is why I hold a graduate degree in the study of human behavior, and that is what compels me to write my character driven novels.
I am a stranger too. Read here if you didn't read that post. I don't much like to interact with people. I do it all the time, and I am good at it because I know all the rules... I just don't like it. I prefer solitude and simple pleasures. Like peaches and rain and the sweet scent of foreheads on those I love best.
It is the STORIES that compel me to go out into the world. I just love to hear people tell their stories. I find them all fascinating. What their kitchens looked like, where they lived, who their best friends were, their first loves, their biggest mistakes, their relationships with their parents. How their ancestors made it to this country (or how it was taken away from them). I love it all.
So I have decided to make Fridays all about the real stories people have to share. This one is about a woman who fought off cancer... literally. Click here to listen (or read) whichever you prefer. Then come back and comment. I am going to leave the first one. These stories inspire me, they make me think and sometimes cry. They give me character ideas. They make me feel, and feeling makes me a better teacher, and a better writer.