The things I’m most attached to are my memories.
Like most authors, I have a vivid imagination (probably too vivid – seeing as how I spend my days finding new and inventive ways to my kill my imaginary friends). Anything can trigger a memory, and almost everything does.
I wouldn’t want it any other way.
When I think about writing, I think about peaceful days on the couch putting words on the page and evenings under the glow of aquarium lights (trust me – they’re all the wattage I need when the sun goes down).
When I think about Christmas, it’s joy and lights and family and home.
Memories bring me comfort, excite me to work, and encourage me to persevere when I’m feeling down. They also inspire me to create more of them – to increase the experiential stores on which I draw so many times a day.
Like some of my debutante sisters, I had a difficult time deciding what I would write about this week. I’m bound by so many loving ties that it’s hard to choose just one. I’ve told you about my family, my seahorse tank, and my penchant for offing imaginary friends. I’ve mentioned my love of turkeys and all things pun. My ninja detective, Hiro Hattori, and his Jesuit sidekick Father Mateo have also become a much-loved part of my life (and good thing, too, because Minotaur has me under contract for two more ninja detective mysteries after CLAWS OF THE CAT.)
But ultimately, for me, the most effective ties are the ones that forge a chain of memory in my mind.
That attachment to memories is one reason I’m so excited to read Dana Bate’s upcoming novel, The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs (Which releases in the UK TODAY as THE SECRET SUPPER CLUB). Food inspires some of my happiest and most comforting memories – as well as some very funny ones – and I love the idea of basing a book on a secret dinner club (and there’s a rumor that she’s included recipes…)
What about you?
Do your memories enhance your attachments to other things? Does this time of year trigger special memories for you? Are you looking forward to reading Dana’s book? It’s open season in the comments – tell me about YOUR ties that bind!