When I first decided to pursue my interest in writing fiction, I felt guilty about doing something for the pure love of doing it. It seemed indulgent to merely entertain myself when my professional life had been filled with developing programs and providing services, trying to make the world a better place.
When I shared my concern with others, someone asked me why I write. The answer that emerged for me was that I did it not just to entertain myself, but to share my experiences and understanding of the world through stories. My hope is that other people find the stories not only interesting and engaging but see a bit of themselves in the characters and their situations in life.
I recently read a news article in USA Today about our changing world and the resulting polarization and conflicts among people. In an interview, Turkish author, Elif Shafak, said: “If we learn anything, we learn it from people who are different from us. For extremism to work, (populists) need to dehumanize ‘the other.’ Fiction humanizes. Fiction tells us that the person you saw as ‘the other’ has a story. If you know that person’s story, you can connect with that person’s sorrow or hopes. In a world of so much conflict, we need the art of story-telling like never before.”
My contra dance/”Moon Glow” book tour will take me to Flagstaff on 8/6, Boulder on 8/19, Ft. Collins on 8/20, Denver on 8/26 and Santa Fe on 8/27. Looking forward to meeting new people for good times and dancing!
Sandra Rose Simmons, a member of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Policy Council, has published her first novel. “Moon Glow” is about, Sara, a young woman and her path to self-discovery in the midst of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. When she gets involved with a local food pantry, she discovers a new awareness of community needs and dedicates herself to service.
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Aspiring writers can have a published author help them improve their skills at Mesa Public Library. Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of “The Porcupine of Truth”, “Openly Straight”, and “Out of the Pocket”, is using Mesa Public Library as his public workspace as part of the Writers in Residence Program. The program is supported by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
As part of the program Konigsberg will have office hours to meet one-on-one with aspiring writers regarding their work and host free writing workshops for the public.
Konigsberg is an award-winning young adult author. His debut novel, “Out of the Pocket”, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His second novel, “Openly Straight”, won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Warren Award and Lambda Literary Awards in 2014. His third novel, “The Porcupine of Truth”, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016 and made it on the Young Adult Library Association’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Konigsberg will be at the library March through May. For more information on programs at Mesa Public Library, call (480) 644-3100 or visit www.mesalibrary.org.
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