I can hear their faint voices saying to me, “Can you write more Australian themes?” “There’s no interest in Australia for your writing genre.” Hmm…have you ever heard the voice of someone telling you that you’re just not suited to do something? These are the statements I heard from Australian publishers. How can they justify saying that to me when they publish international writers in the same genre as me.
Why was it that being an Australian writer, they only expected an Australian themed style of storytelling? These publishers had blinkers on. The question was, why was I to be typecast for my creativity because I was Australian?
No way! I cried loudly and my street echoed with my distaste to these responses. My ambition to stay true to myself ignited. I replied to them, I wasn’t interested in writing just about our beautiful landscapes or a kangaroo named Ken.
I was passionate about storytelling! A story, that entrances the reader to escape their daily grind and to be involved in the life of an adventurous tale. Therefore, I enthusiastically continued on my journey with my theater plays and novels.
Find your passion
I now ask you, is there something that your passionate about? Is it taking that deserved vacation? Is it writing your own novel? Or is it finally saying something to that hot guy, you walk past every day in the same café? Whatever it is, that you feel you want to endeavor or to take on, from everyday choices to some grand dream… Go For It!
Who knows? That guy that you’re too nervous to speak to as your friends say, maybe he’s out of your league or he would never be interested, I say, how do they know? How does anyone know what the outcome of a choice, a goal, a desire or a dream you have is?
They don’t! It’s just their opinion and obviously their perception. Who knows? If you say ‘hey’ to that hot guy you may just begin a friendship or a whirlwind romance and that risk, is far more empowering than living with the regret of never trying.
In Lakeview, in my fiction series Magic Wars (that now has been published in the USA and has many fans worldwide) you meet characters who are torn between the same choices we have every day. When fear struggles against hope, and when love searches to override sadness or revenge. There may be struggles between immortals and mortals, thus wars explode but remember, no one in your life or our lives, should define who we are and what we are capable of achieving or having.
Believing in your own ideas or passions is what makes you, you! Therefore, never allow anyone to define you, set your own worth. Now, what’s that goal, or choice you’ve been pondering and asking others for their opinion? Whatever it is just do as you desire and allow no one to Rain on your Parade.
There’s a very evoking and interesting character in the third book in my series. She is captivating! She has to…hmm…I believe I shall share her experiences and her interesting adventures with you in my next blog post. Until then never allow anyone to define who you are!