I was once asked why I write?
The answer was simple, I need to write - hope that makes sense.
There are stories to be told, be that novels, shorts, or non-fiction. There are story-tellers and there are readers - I happen to be a story-teller. Always have been and hopefully, always will be.
Another question that has been the backbone to my writing is, What If?
Let's look at fiction, what does the photograph at the top of this page indicate? What if a person were to walk off the end of the planks? Would they simply drown given they did not know how to swim? Would they be saved by a complete stranger which may lead to a new adventure in their life? What if they didn't fall but simply walked across the water to the rugged islands in the distance?
What about non-fiction? I happen to be a travel writer for a local newspaper. My articles come out each Sunday and I write about different sorts of locales people can visit. I research, visit, interview, and photograph those pieces each week, hoping people will read them and then travel to those spots highlighted in my column. So, the dock - what is on those islands in the distance? Won't know until you take a boat to them - that's what I do with traveling. I visit and I write - I tell personal stories about those places.
And that is why I, and many writers spend hours behind the keyboard. We are story tellers.
My last novel 'Iquitos, The Past Will Kill' was released by Black Opal Books on November 18th, 2018. Though I am currently working on two different novels, I am also working on a non-fiction book about a personal trip that I hope no one goes on - my battle with prostate cancer.
Check out my weekly travel column for USA Today Network - Beyer's Byways
Also, check out https://jandlresearchandexploration.blogspot.com/
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