It’s the things you were born to that give you satisfaction in this world, Greta.
this quote by Julia L. Sauer invited me to reflect on where I was born, the things I was born to, and the gifts from that place that have stayed with me and nourished me. I was born and raised in Maine, the northeasternmost US state, a jut of ice cream-cone-shaped land between New Hampshire, Québec, New Brunswick, and the Gulf of Maine. my time in Maine taught me the value of community, nature, questioning assumptions, and using time wisely.
one of my favourite things about writing fiction is diving into diverse worlds. getting to know characters well helps the process start on a solid foundation. from there it's a matter of finding the right amount and type of glimpses into their timbre to engage the readers journeying alongside them. characters who are wonderfully flawed make this process a lot of fun!