Five real life truths I’ve learned from writing fiction:

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The characters are more important than the plot. This one someone might debate with me, but I stand firm on it. If you have a good plot with really terrible characters you have a bad book. You need characters you can relate too or at least somewhat understand. If you have amazing characters with good character development and the stories plot line isn’t that great, you’re book is at least somewhat decent.

Life is a lot like this. Our life stories might not be the most interesting. We can’t all have the one in a million success stories that we hear about on TV. We all have interesting points in our lives, we all do amazing things, but our whole lives aren’t going to be filled with that kind of excitement, and that’s okay, our stories are still great, because we’re the lead characters and who we are is enough. We’re all interesting, we’re all unique, we all have amazing character development. Our lives are all worth reading.

Everything has a lesson. What’s the moral of the story? It’s a question you should have an answer to at the end of every book, if you don’t have one then I don’t know what kind of book you just wrote, but it’s probably not the most valuable piece of literature. Everything that happens in a story should lead to something else, every event should have lessons that we bring to the next plot point, just like everything that happens in our life should be learned from. The world is full of knowledge. Every mistake and every success promises more and more of it, if we ignore the lessons we aren’t ever going to develop our own stories.

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Book Review: Pillars of Salt

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Pillars of Salt is the story of two women confined in a mental hospital in Jordan during and after the British Mandate. After initial tensions they become friends and share their life stories                  -GoodReads

I tried to find a better synopsis, so I went to Amazon… they got the plot wrong and mixed up two characters story? So here is this two sentence synopsis from good reads that does not do this book justice.

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Southern Authors: S.A.A

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I was in Barnes and Noble one day and my mom handed me a book and said “I don’t know it just looks like you.” and I flipped over and read the back and agreed, it sounded a lot like something I’d read. It was The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and not only did I love the title but I loved the book itself. I was taken into a small southern town with a lot of history and magic, and that goes well to say about all of Allen’s books. South. Magic. Legacy.

I actually have more of her books than the three above, sadly the other ones are still in the “to be read” pile which seems to be growing and growing by the day. These three though are enough for me to say that Sarah Addison Allen is my favorite author, because she mixes the south with magic in a way that doesn’t at all read like fantasy. You except the magic as real, with no questions asked. And that my friend, is a very magical quality in itself.

Allen is actually from my home/current state of North Carolina, which makes me relate to the books even more. She’s from Asheville up in the mountains and I’m more in the middle bit, but I relate whole heartily to the setting. I swear that The Girl Who Chased the Moon was set in a town modeled after Lexington NC, where both my grandparents live. BBQ capital of the world.

Here is Allen’s Twitter and Website.