Writing has always been a way for me to express myself. That much was a given. But my empathetic nature allowed me into the minds and hearts of the people that surrounded me and I felt their pain, their loss, their love - as if it were my own. It's a gift - a curse - however one might see it. But either way, I always felt the need to put into words the things that they felt but could not express.
I had a gift for storytelling. I always had the ability to take something small and seemingly insignificant and turn it into a story, filled with drama. And I would see vivid characters and beautiful emotions as the events from my story would begin to unfold for me.
When I was a child, creating fairy tale novels with twists for endings, I remember feeling such a fulfillment when a little story of mine had been finished! I would read it to myself, over and over again, enjoying it, each time, as if I were simply a reader. Then i would read it over and over again to the people around me. I'm sure I tired them out, back then.
Now, it isn't much different. Whether it's a song, a poem or a story - I still feel that same excitement and fulfillment whenever a piece of writing I've worked on is complete. A sense of pride. And now, with my book, On the Big White Oak - my first finished novel - I've done it again. This is my greatest accomplishment.
'On the Big White Oak' brings us into the lives of three characters, Marian, Adam and Delia. It explores the impact childhood love can have on someone, the magic of great, first love and the realities and complications of it dying.
Marian meets Adam when she's only seven and he becomes her closest friend. They spend all of their time together and she trusts him more than anyone. She gives him her heart at a very young age and throughout the book she struggles to free herself from the hold he seems to have on her.
Adam cares greatly for Marian. As a child, he preferred her over any of his male friends. He didn't find it odd that she was a bit of a tomboy and relished in the loving relationship she had with her mother. One he didn't have with his. He holds a special place for her in his heart, but does not love her in the way he knows she does him. Eventually he meets and falls in love with her cousin, Delia. Throughout the book he struggles between the great love he has for his wife and his daughter, Khloe Rose, that is conceived during one night with Marian.
Delia, innocent and very feminine, loves Marian like the sister she never had. When she meets Adam, she is instantly taken by him and her world becomes consumed with the life she wants to have with him and the family they both dream of. When she finds out she cannot get pregnant, she falls into a depression. Throughout the book, Delia struggles not only with the depression her infertility has caused her, but with her fear over changes she notices in her husband.
It is a very real, dramatic story and it is told from each characters' point of view.