Welcome to my guest today, Danica Winters who is the author of Curse of the Wolf. Danica has an interesting post about memories and their impact upon our worlds. Over to Danica!
It is inherent as an adult of the human race that you will be held down by the weight of your memories, whether you are free of sin, or identified by it. I’m a fiction writer, and as such, I can manipulate my characters, twist their memories to motivate them into situations and to take action in plot twists. When I’m done, I can smile proudly at the mêlée I have caused in my little pseudo world. However, as I walk away from these worlds and come back to reside in my peanut-butter-and-jelly-centered land, I am constantly reminded that like my fiction, real life is just as affected by memories.
We all have memories that change us, little moments in our life that hold us back or help us to rise to the next level. The other day, I read an inspiration post that read something like, ‘Night is the time when all the things I have done wrong in my life come back to haunt me.’ I don’t know about my readers, but this is certainly the case for me. Now, I’m only an axe-murderer in my fiction, so my sins are not as extreme as my characters, but I find that I am often unrested when the alarm clock beeps.
How can a person/character free themselves of the memories and faults which have occurred in the past? How can we break free from the vicious cycle of ‘What was I thinking’?
I believe that there is a simple affirmation. We must forgive ourselves. We must let go of the past. We must respect and love ourselves as much as an unencumbered new lover would. We all make mistakes, we all make poor choices, and we all say hurtful things.
We must reach inside the fire that rages within us and pull out the helpless, shivering soul that resides within us and nurture the best aspects of our character. We will fail again, we will make mistakes, but we must never forget to love ourselves (just as our characters do).
If you are able to do this, you will be able to fall back into whatever role you must play, and you will do so as a better person—I am a better writer because I’m no longer as haunted by the mistakes and missteps of my past. My hope is that you may you move forward and like the characters of my romances, forgive those memories that hold you back.
CONTEST: Danica is giving away an ebook download of Curse of the Wolf to one visitor. To enter the draw ask Danica a question or tell me what you think about the weight of memories and how they make us behave. Winner to be announced on 1 July in the comments section of this post.
By Danica Winters
For cursed, shape-shifting Veela, Gloriana, following her heart and giving her body to sexy, tortured werewolf Alexander means one thing-he will die and it will again be her fault.
Once only a man, Alexander finds himself scarred by the memories of his former life and the deceptions and lies that surround him. When a glimmer of light breaks the madness, he must let go of his misguided preconceptions and the hatred that consumes him.
On a mission for blood, they find unity in their desire for revenge, but are driven apart by their pasts. Traveling the darkest paths and fighting the very people they think they can trust, they draw closer to one another’s hearts and further into danger.
Will the curse prove to be unstoppable… or is there hope in forbidden love?
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Danica Winters is an Amazon best-selling romance author based in Montana. She is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Greater Seattle Romance Writers. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.
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