Allow me to introduce myself....
When I took my first composition class, I was told to write what I knew. I was disappointed. I was a kid, what did I know?
Not much...or so I thought.
I knew what it was to grow up in a small midwestern town where everyone knew each other and looked out for each other's kids. I knew what it was to have siblings, two half-siblings, parents who stayed married, and a primarily white, Christian, middle-class upbringing where I got my needs met and most of my wants.
I knew what it was to have a house filled with assorted pets, friends, and
chores after school (just before racing to the TV to watch Dark Shadows!)
I knew what it was like to go on summer vacations with my parents, and holiday trips to visit both sets of grandparents. I knew what it was like to get lost in a book and that reading unlocked other worlds, knowledge and freedoms like nothing else could.
I knew what it was like to have a "double-cousin" living across the street who taught me that the power of words could be fantastic.
Most of all, I knew what it was like to love and be loved.
It turns out, I knew quite a lot.
Inside of every written work, there is a kernel of this knowledge. This is the authors' truth - expressed through characters, plot, setting, or dialogue.
This is my truth. I invite my friends old (and new too) to share their truths as well. Knowledge is power -- let's empower each other.
The Brave Journey of Hanna Valentine
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