I was standing behind our display of beautiful leather briefcases propping up shiny, thick books. And after a day and a half of helping run the Generation Rising booth, I was running out of words and ways to explain my new novel.
“You wrote this?”
“What is it about?”
Sometimes I just recycled the back cover blurb into an explanation. Other times, I focused on the only element of the story I could think of at the moment and did my best to explain it.
But when a family came and browsed through the books, and a mother asked me about my new novel Kiera, I decided to share the heart behind it.
I told her about the C.S. Lewis quote that inspired it all and how this concept played out in one of the main character’s relationships. But then I went on to share with her how this plotline exactly mirrored Kiera’s struggle with God.
The quote goes something like, “Love is not affectionate feeling but a steady wish for the ultimate good of the loved person as far as it can be obtained.”
As I told her that my main character goes through a time of great sorrow and has to struggle with God’s love for her and whether or not His plans for her are truly the best, I saw the tears rise in her eyes and felt them echo in my own.
That woman didn’t buy a book from me that day, and she most likely never will. But I got to share with her the heart behind what I’ve written. And I witnessed firsthand the power of stories to build bridges between people.
What is one story you’ve shared with someone, and you’ve both connected over?