The Debs and I mentioned our movie preferences in a recent newsflash post, where I confessed to my cheeseball taste in film (bring on the flicks of the 1940s!). I failed to tell you about a time in my life when I think I wanted to be Anne of Green Gables (you know, the cheeky red-headed heroine in L.M. Montgomery’s beloved series). I read the books and watched the movies over and over again (I even had an Anne of Green Gables Cookbook–raspberry cordial anyone?). And, given the topic this week on The Ball, I can’t help but think of Anne Shirley and how Montgomery so brilliantly portrayed Anne’s fear of change–something that’s resonated with me my entire life and has carried through, in some ways, to my writing.
“Why does everyone have to change? Why can’t we go on being the same?” Anne asks (I’m paraphrasing, here) in an early book as she watches her childhood friends marrying, going off to college, changing. I connected so much with her agony over watching her world fall apart when her friends move on, and away from Green Gables. It’s a concept that I’m using in my second novel, and I’m really enjoying seeing my characters react to the change around them, especially when it takes them to frightening, lonely and sometimes dark places.
Speaking of change, I have a lot on the horizon in my own life–another baby being born (February), a book debuting (August), and the completion of a second novel somewhere in the mix. I feel a little like Anne in my fear of how it will all come together, and yet I’m terribly excited to be apart of it all too.
Writers, is the element of change a strong focus in your novels? Readers and non-writers alike, do you side with Anne and dread life changing around you?
P.S. I can’t wait to show you all my book cover (just recently designed by the brilliant folks at Penguin). When I have the green light from my editor–you’ll all get a first look! (I admit, I stare at it all day long–it’s such a fun reminder that this is actually real!)