Today we are lucky enough to have a guest post written by Charity Norman, author of an exciting new novel called See You In September. Her book centres on the captivating story of Cassy, a young woman who falls into a cult. See You In September is a story of family, faith, and finding yourself. In her guest post below, Charity discusses the reasons why she writes, and just how important books are for making the world a better place – and I couldn’t agree more with what she writes! Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Passing the Parcel
Sometimes I hear writers talking about their work as though it’s a hallowed calling. They imply that the very act of writing is some kind of unstoppable force, which defines them. Even if they were stranded alone on Mars, and nobody would ever read a word, they’d be writing.
I don’t agree. For me, writing is about reaching out – not into a vacuum, but to other human beings. In a way we’re all trapped in our own minds and our own experiences, but sometimes we can make a connection. I write stories because I want to understand, to communicate and entertain. That’s why I’m so delighted to hear from readers.
It’s for them – it’s all for them! Without readers, what would be the point of writing?
Of course, writers don’t have a monopoly on the communication of ideas or feelings. Far from it! Yet books can make the world a better place. I was quite an anxious child, but growing up I was comforted, inspired, entertained and befriended by all kinds of authors: Richard Adams, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Arthur C. Clarke, Daphne Du Maurier, P.G. Wodehouse, Ellis Peters, Dick Francis and too many others to name. I dreaded school, and while getting dressed in my uniform I used to bribe myself by reading a page between putting on each garment. Quite often, I missed the bus. The voices of those authors kept me from being lonely. I’m beyond grateful.
I think that’s why I feel such a sense of magic whenever I see one of my books in a reader’s hand. In my own very, very small way, I’m passing the parcel.
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It was supposed to be a short trip-a break in New Zealand before her best friend’s wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they’d see her again.Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community’s leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.As Cassy becomes more and more entrenched in the group’s rituals and beliefs, her frantic parents fight to bring her home-before Justin’s prophesied Last Day can come to pass.A powerful story of family, faith and finding yourself, See You in September is an unputdownable new novel from this hugely compelling author.
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