Thanks for being here, Lisa! I’m so excited to have you on my blog. Before you take over, I want to let everyone know a little about you.
Lisa Ricard Claro is an award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee with published articles and stories spanning multiple media. She resides in Georgia with her husband of more than three decades and counting, is mother to three (a ruggedly handsome son and two stunningly beautiful daughters—Lisa might be a little biased), and dreams of one day living at the beach. Seriously dreams of it. As in, she’s already decorating her dream beach house. In addition to an array of sand dollars and seashells, she keeps a framed sign hanging in her office: Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses Welcome Here. While Lisa is a fan of storytelling in all genres, Romance is her favorite because she believes everyone deserves love, acceptance, and a happily-ever-after.
Okay, take it away, Lisa.
I’d like to offer a big thank you to Kim Loraine for taking part in this blog swap with me. I hope you’ll link over to my blog, Writing in the Buff, to read Kim’s post there. As long as you’re here, though, I thought we could talk about our favorite books.
Favorite books are the best kind of BFFs, aren’t they? They continue to touch our hearts and minds long after our initial meeting, and they never let us down, no matter how long the time between readings. One week or ten years, when our eyes recognize that opening sentence the sun rises again.
The first book to fill my heart was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I read that book over and over, until the dog-eared pages bore the smudges of my childish fingerprints, and I could recite whole sections by heart. I read the book the summer my family moved from Arizona to Massachusetts. I was 7-years-old. We lived with my grandparents that summer, in a big house on a busy street. There were no other children to play with, so from the moment I met Fern, Wilbur, and Charlotte I became caught up in their world. I hung out in the barn with Wilbur and his pals, shook my head at the antics of Templeton the rat, and cried with Wilbur when Charlotte spoke her final farewell.
I strolled on my grandparents’ wide porch, hunting bugs to throw into the web of a spider I dubbed “Charlotte.” After three days, my Charlotte had eaten so many ants and flies she abandoned her web, surely on the advice of her cardiologist who told her she was destined for a bleak future under the porch unless she embraced a lifestyle change. I was devastated to discover the web abandoned. Unlike Wilbur’s Charlotte, mine had left without a word.
No worries. I curled up in a shady spot and started the book over again. My affinity for those characters was even better the second and third time around.
As an adult, my more jaded view of the world makes it harder for book characters to wriggle their way into my heart. Like most authors, I read a lot, and I enjoy the bulk of what I read. But not every book carries the magic to pull me inside, and those that do are imbued with something indefinable. I can’t put my finger on what it is that wows me. That something—whatever it is—grabs me and takes hold.
A few books that have held that power over me are Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Vineyard by Nora Roberts, Blue Willow by Deborah Smith, The Best Man by Kristan Higgins, and Bride of the MacHugh and My Lord Monleigh, both by Jan Cox Speas. These books are different in voice and theme, but there is that something that resonates every time I dive into the pages. I’ve read each of these books multiple times, and I delight in each one every time, just as I do when sitting down to chat with an old and dear friend.
When readers tell me they love the characters in my novel, Love Built to Last, that this is a book they will read again and again, I am both thrilled and humbled. It is no small thing to have one’s characters and story invited into a reader’s heart. Such things are subjective, and not every book resonates with every reader. But when the magic happens, when the world created within the covers of a novel comes alive, the friendships built stay with us, just waiting for the bond to be renewed again the next time the cover is opened.
What books have held that sort of power over you? Which characters and novels have stayed with you long after you read the last page? Which book do you go back to time and again, always to find that it is both new and familiar for you, each and every time?
Thanks again to Kim for participating in this blog swap! I hope to see you over at Writing in the Buff!
Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last in eBook or print, go to:
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