Hi everybody, I want to welcome Author and Blog Buddy Brenda Youngerman to my little site. I asked Brenda if she would honor me with a guest post and she agreed! YAY! I’m excited because she is my first ever Author Guest Post and I appreciate her for it. Brenda writes what she calls fiction with a purpose, and I wanted her to explain what she wanted her works to say or speak to. The following is her response!
When I was a child I used to read – a lot! I’m not quite sure when I started; I just know that I always had a book by my side. I would get lost in the lives of the characters. Nancy Drew was one of my favorites and I could usually figure out what was going on at about the same time she did. Then I progressed to Agatha Christie and to this day still have very fond memories of going up and down the aisles of the local library looking at the spines of books trying to decide if they were would be good or not. Sometimes they were; sometimes they weren’t.
By the time I got into high school I was turned on to the classics – Dickens, Steinbeck, Austen, Ingalls just to name a few. Like everyone else I had my favorites. I think the beauty of being an author and being a reader is the ability to pick and choose between so many different writing styles and genres.
I have always been drawn to stories of real people living real lives and doing the best they can – albeit there has to be a sense of adventure while they are doing it or it would be boring…but then isn’t that what life is all about anyway?
I don’t believe I ever envisioned myself as an author; but now I cannot envision myself as anything else. I believe there are so many stories to be told and so many purposes to bring to light that it is my purpose on this place to do this. We are all here for a reason…and this is mine.
When my first novel came out — Private Scars – I had only hoped that one person would read the book and realize that they were not alone in their plight and would discover that others were out there and help was available. The feedback overwhelmed me and I continued. Since then I have published a book a year – each with a different social topic wound neatly within a gripping story. Private Scars and Public Lies both tackled the very difficult subject of domestic abuse. Hidden Truths was about children hiding the abuses of their parents and discussed people doing the wrong things for the right reasons. I tackled the topic of the homeless in Sorrowed Souls and children’s death, teen suicide and abandonment issues in Restored Hope. My latest novel, Disrupted Lives looks at adoption, racial discrimination and social injustices.
I am often asked if my stories are real. One of my goals is to have my readers finish a book and believe the story to be true. I want to be able to weave a story that is so realistic, that gets into the heart, soul and mind of a character that you, the reader, feel what they feel – because after all, art does mimic life.
My hope is that when a reader completes a Youngerman novel the story stays with them after the book has finished and the social implications don’t go away. I write Fiction with a Purpose. We all share this world. It is just as easy to be kind to each other as it is not to be….why not pick up a book with a purpose and come along for the ride?
Thanks so much Brenda for stopping by and honoring me with my first author guest post! I hope the readers came away with an understanding of your work. Also, Brenda’s latest novel Disrupted Lives will be going on a blog tour soon. Please click HERE for the tour dates.
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