February 2, 2018 by Valerie Ullmer
A Book That Influenced My Life – #MFRWAuthor
Welcome to Week 4 of the Marketing for Romance Writer’s 52-week blog challenge. This week I’m talking about a book that influenced my life.
I would have to say the book the influenced my life the most was Gone with the Wind. It got me interested in romance, although it did NOT have a happily ever after that, at the time, was devastating. It also planted the idea of becoming a writer, although it was a fleeting imagining that developed into something much later in life.
I picked up the book during my senior year in high school. It was a scary transitional period for me. I had already been thinking about college, trying to narrow down what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and due to circumstances that I’d rather not get into at the moment, found myself with a lot (I mean A LOT) of time on my hands. I had a free period one day, and the librarian suggested that I read Gone with the Wind. So I checked it out and read the first chapter, and I was hooked.
So for the next four weeks, I read during breaks, free periods, and after school. I was absorbed in the book from the moment I picked it up, and although people teased me for picking up such a huge book (it’s over a thousand pages), thinking that I would never finish it. But when I did, I searched for other romances or romance-themed books from the library and it started my book obsession that continues to this day.
And Gone with the Wind was also the book that made me realize how much words could influence your life. I was immersed in the world of the pre and post Civil War South, but it was the characters and wanting to find out what happened to them and kept me reading. And that one book over twenty years ago has shaped me and my writing all these years later.
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