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The Magic of Storytelling
Storytelling began around fires when we were still hunter gatherers. It continued in inns and country houses through ancient and medieval times. The day a Bard came to town was a major event. Everyone gathered to hear him sing and tell stories. (Well, sometimes it was a “her” disguised as a “him”, but that’s because women’s roles were pretty strictly defined until rather recently.)
Families gathered around the radio until about the nineteen fifties when television came into common use. Of course there were radio news shows, but there were also lots of “story” shows. One of my favorites was Mystery Theater. I loved the sound effects: creaking doors, whooshing wings, and heartrending screams. I’m actually a little too young to remember sitting around a radio, but I bought tapes of Mystery Theater shows and listened to them while I was in college.
Stories have universal appeal. And not just for their entertainment value. Stories help us reach beyond ourselves. Sometimes they help us figure out the answer to a problem. Sometimes they give us hope when we’re at a low point. Sometimes they give us new ideas. One of those “aha” moments when things suddenly click into place and we see what’s laid out before us through fresh eyes.
One of the questions blog interviewers always ask is, “When did you know you wanted to be a writer?” It was never that black and white for me. I suppose you could say the writing bug sort of crept up behind me and latched its little claws into my soul. At the beginning of things, nearly everything I wrote had some sort of ecological twist because that’s important to me.
Somewhere along the line, I fell prey to my characters. Quite the hostage, in fact. I’d have ideas about where I wanted a story to go and the little rascals would simply thumb their noses at me and go their own way. Nothing like sitting at the keyboard feeling like a medium. It’s a bit on the eerie side. But even I had to admit my character driven stories were better, fuller, and more satisfying than ones where I had more direct control over the end product.
I suppose I’ve always been a storyteller. Back when I had a private practice, I’d often tell stories to my clients. Sometimes it’s easier to hear something when it’s part of a story rather than the therapist locking gazes with you and asking, “Have you considered…” Those few steps of removal often give us the courage to try something different. We may want different lives, but it’s threatening to move into uncharted waters.
Circling back to storytelling. Because of who we are, we’re attracted to certain things. One book will resonate for me that absolutely fails to touch someone else. And vice versa. So in much the same way I wasn’t the “right” therapist for everyone, I don’t expect my books to be a good fit for everyone who picks them up. No one’s are.
I’ve always loved to read. Now that I’ve discovered the magic in weaving a tale together, or sitting back and letting my characters talk “through “ me, I don’t think I’ll ever look back. And I’m ever so grateful to my readers for every scrap of feedback they’ve given me. I’ve learned so much from them. It sounds hokey, but not a day goes by that a reader doesn’t teach me something. And make me a better writer.
What do you look for in books? What draws you? Have you ever had an “aha” moment after reading something and gone out to do something about it? Tell me. I’d love to know.
A Time for Everything
Siobhan Macquire’s fortune has attracted a string of men who are out to drain her for everything they can get. Her last boyfriend was no exception. Furious at being used—again—she goes for a walk in the Highlands.Amazon - B&N
With the weather worsening, she wanders alone for hours. She’s soaking wet and starting to get scared when someone calls out to her. A striking-looking man emerges from the mist. Except there’s something wrong. His kilt is way too long and he talks with an archaic accent. Siobhan soon finds herself not only lost in the countryside but also in time.
By Ann Gimpel
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Gabrielle McCallaghan just lost her job. Seeing the writing on the wall, she quit to spare her uncle the embarrassment of having to fire her. With her bond fairy on her shoulder, she strides through a crowded neighborhood contemplating her options.Amazon - B&N
Out of nowhere, a gorgeous, full blood magic wielder appears and makes a beeline right for her. Gabby knows her hybrid witch magic is no match for his, so she tries to evade him. The fairy does her best to help, but the contest is laughable. Even in his human form, the wolf-man is still stronger than she ever dreamed of being.
It doesn’t take long before Gabby is drawn into a deadly game of intrigue that started over a thousand years before. The stakes are high and the timing abysmal, but she finds herself falling in love in spite of herself. Can she and her full blood lover make a life for themselves? Or will the long-running battle between full bloods and hybrids pound the fragile bond between them to dust?
About the Author
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Two novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, and its sequel, Psyche’s Search, have been published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing, a small press. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.
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