My parents and my husband have always been my biggest supporters for my writing in general. As far as supporting me while I’m writing, particularly with Into The Light, my biggest supporters were my dogs. I know, you’re rolling your eyes and thinking I’m either crazy or pathetic. You might be right on both counts. But I’ll do my best to explain my reasoning for this answer.
I have late-stage, chronic Lyme disease. I’m pretty much housebound and have been for many years. My husband works full-time, my sons are grown up. I spend a lot of time alone - with my dogs. I always do my writing on my laptop, usually sitting on the couch, surrounded by my canine kids.
Writing Into The Light was an emotionally intense experience. The writing process requires me to step into the character’s life. I have to feel the emotions in order to express them with enough depth and believability to suck in a reader. This book brought me to difficult places. Some scenes had me in tears, others had me laughing. After writing a particularly poignant scene, I’d cuddle with my dogs. Kaylee, my Chihuahua, is a squishy little love. If I cry, she’ll lick the tears from my cheeks. Oliver will climb on my lap and stare at me with curious eyes, while Sid nestles beside me. Often, the two boys find distracting me with their antics is the perfect way to lift my spirits. Together, the three of them never fail to make me smile.
When I get in a good writing groove, I will sit for hours, tuning the world out and ignoring my body’s cramped protests. Oliver, my youngest, is like a hyper toddler. He is patient with me until mid afternoon. Then he insists on a play break. Sometimes I get irritated with him because I want to continue writing. He doesn’t care. He keeps bringing me toys, running to the door, his eyes telling me, “Look! It’s sunny outside! Let’s play!” I always give in. And, when I do, I realize he was right. The break is rejuvenating. Writing requires balance. I have to step back, get a little distance, in order to see where the path is taking me.
And there you have it. My three biggest supporters - Sidney, Kaylee and Oliver. Yes, they are dogs. They are also my best friends.