The process of creating Brother Bewitched continues. After writing an initial draft and receiving feedback, I revised and revised again, making major changes and improvements. Now, I have found ten readers to read the manuscript pre-publication and offer me their thoughts and feelings. I will then take all that feedback and make at
least one more revision.
Why am I putting so much work into this manuscript?
I believe in the story and these characters. Pattenia and Serren both struggle with the same questions we all struggle with: Should I do what I’m told is right, or what I know is right? How can I be my authentic self, when the world wants me to be someone else?
Is it possible to be doing good, when laws and customs tell me what I am doing is wrong? To make it more concrete– can I kiss who I want to kiss? Love who I want to love?
Pattenia has ambition. She wants to do something that people tell her can’t be done. But what if those people try and talk her out of going after her dreams because they are too afraid to pursue their own?
The bottom line is that while this story takes places in a fantasy world setting, people in our mundane, everyday world face the same problems as Pattenia and Serren every day, all day. Many of us have opportunities to step through our own doorways into adventure, but how many of us choose to dream the dream rather than live the dream?