Everyone has a story, and everyone’s story is important.
(I am working on my first novel, an epic fantasy trilogy, so there are no books available . . . YET!)
Hello. My name is Elizabeth Edgett (pronounced "edge-it"). I grew up in the 60s, in North Vancouver, Canada. We lived on the side of a mountain in old-growth forest, and I would stare out the window of the elementary school imagining wolverines and other scary creatures lurking there. Or I would gaze out at the sky, journeying with flying elves to imaginary places that I can still remember even now. I was often jolted back to reality by the shrill voices of irritated teachers, and my report cards would say things like, "not paying attention" and "not concentrating on her mathematics".
The first time I remember sitting up and really listening to the teacher was when he read Shakespeare. I was definitely a word nerd.
One day, an English teacher kept me after class, and I thought I was in trouble. But he just wanted to comment on the 'Walter Mitty'-like story I had written after reading James Thurber. He told me no story is ever completely original, and it's OK to use another writer's ideas as long as you don't just copy them. He gave me an A+. That's when I realized people could actually LIKE reading the things I wrote. Getting a story published in the school newsletter cinched the deal.
Yet I didn't go on to become a fiction writer. I made the misguided choice to be practical and get a 'real' job, not knowing I was only joining the ranks of the living dead by not pursuing my passion. I worked as a copywriter, and had several other writing jobs on the side, none of which paid the rent. Then I went into health care, moonlighting in website content writing and search engine optimization in the early days of the internet.
So here I am at mid-life, re-devoting myself to my first love, fantasy fiction.
Fantasy is a genre that can be taken in many directions. It can be as shallow or as deep as the writer wants to go. I hope to spend the rest of my life plumbing those depths to see what I can find there.
I hope you'll join me.
To me, the importance of stories lies in the necessity of the reader to feel empathy with the characters. To elicit empathy is, in my opinion, the most important function of literature (of all types).
Everyone's life is a story, and that story is important, no matter how small or insignificant it may appear to be from the outside. Each person is a thread in the tapestry of life, and without that thread, the whole thing would unravel.
"Everyone has a story, and everyone's story is important."
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