A Spoonful of Sugar as Momentum

26 Jan

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One of the most common questions I get from would-be authors or young people is: what makes you write?

In answering, I usually talk about the love of words and the joy of crafting good stories and creating images in people’s minds. All of that is my basis for writing. But for those of us who have been doing this for a while there’s often another answer: we need to go somewhere besides our daily lives, and writing is the ticket.

I’ve never had a time when that reason was a stronger motivation. Mom and I are going through a really tough time dealing with my father who is currently in a rehab center after going into the hospital and coming out with a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Before this hospital visit and the diagnosis, we were at the doctors constantly, waiting for tests to get done and hoping (mostly foolishly) that someone can make my father feel better. We’re having to make some very hard decisions that affect a person we both love dearly. The heartbreak of it all threatens to overwhelm us both. It’s one of the few times in my life where I’m taking it all day by day, hard-pressed to make long-term plans.

As a result, neither one of us is sleeping well. The boogeyman of worry is too often present. But those days when I can, I still get up an hour early in the morning or take a few stolen hours on the weekend or at the end of a long day to write. It’s a vacation from pressures, the stress raining down on every day and the sadness that comes when a loved one is in pain. I’m spending that vacation time helping mom’s characters come to life—giving them the faces mom intended, creating the action that will get them from point A to point B of the plot, and polishing their dialogue and what readers “see” when they read our books.

It doesn’t make what’s happening any less awful. But the fact I choose to write at this point in my life shows me how vital creating these books has become to my psyche.

Our thanks to all the people that have wished us well. Book three (Violet Fate) will be coming out in the next few weeks along with the revamped and improved books one (Twist of Fate) and two (Wretched Fate).

Genilee Swope Parente





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5 responses to “A Spoonful of Sugar as Momentum

  1. Frank Dynamite

    January 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Now that’s inspiring. Fantastic work, keep it up!

  2. Verna Wortkoetter

    January 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    So good to hear from you. Had learned of your heartache and called your Mother. She sounded good considering. I am so sorry. Knowing all of you are strong People I am sure you will handle everything very well. If I can help in any way please tell me. All of you are in my prayers. blessings for you, Verna


    • swopeparente

      January 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

      thanks for calling mom and giving her support. I really appreciate it, Verna! We’ll keep your posted. Thanks for the prayers

      Genilee Swope Parente


      *Twist of Fate*

      *Wretched Fate*

      * *

      Phone & Fax: 703.680.9231

      *published by Spectacle Publishing Media Group *

      On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM, swopeparente wrote:


  3. Verna Wortkoetter

    February 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Have not called at the right time so will try to send my support with e mail which I do not always do right. All of you are in my prayers. Praying God’s blessings for you, Verna


    • swopeparente

      February 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      mom has let us all know how supportive you’ve been. We appreciate it, Verna


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