In celebration of Mother’s Day, the theme this week is Moms—more specifically our theme is My mom is going to read this! We wanted to talk about all the things in our novels we are nervous for our moms to read.
I racked my brain trying to think of something in my book that would make my mom* uncomfortable—believe me, the characters in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING do plenty of things a mom wouldn’t be crazy about—but here is the thing: my mom is the least judgmental person I know. She meets people where they are, and is open to absolutely everyone. She truly loves to connect with people. I think this might be the best thing my mom taught me. I try everyday to practice being this open in my life but also in my writing. It is so important to let your characters have flaws, to let them make mistakes, to let them be fully human—and to love them at their worst as well as their best.
There have been excellent studies published recently about how reading fiction can help develop empathy in a person, and I think this is even more true for writers creating fiction. The job of the writer is to be empathetic—to dig as deep as we can into all of our characters, and to try and understand what it means to be human. I feel grateful to my mom for having taught me to be open to others, to be curious, and to let people be who they are.
*If you are a regular reader of the blog you may have guessed that my mom is none other than Carol Rizzo, writer of the worlds nicest and most inspiring comments. Here is my favorite: