I think for most writers there is that one book that sparks an idea or a story inside of us. Like a seed, that spark is planted deep and slowly grows until it sprouts from our hearts and unfolds like delicate petals, revealing our own story.
That book for me was War and Peace by Tolstoy.
Yes, I know… it’s a long book. Oh, but it is so wonderful! It laced through my imagination like tiny threads in a tapestry and created such wonderful images.
Years went by and still those seeds, those thoughts and ideas, continued to grow. War and Peace laid a foundation for me, an ideal of writing that wouldn’t let me go. Tolstoy was masterful in his work, perfection in writing, and I was hooked.
It took many years before I sat down to write my first book, Return the Heart, but when I did it was magical. No, the first draft wasn’t – believe me. It needed years of editing. But the seed that was planted by War and Peace grew into my own story and that story subsequently found a place in my reader’s hearts.
I always like to encourage my readers to explore Tolstoy’s books. By doing so, I hope to plant those writing and storytelling seeds in others. And I hope someday those seeds will grow and sprout new writers, new storytellers, and new crops of books to fill the world and our ever growing thirst for wonderful tales.
T.K. Richardson has written several books for young adults. Her newest release, Shield the Heart, just came out. It’s YA novel that centers around one girl with a special gift, one Russian prophecy, and one life changing choice. Packed with danger and romance, it’s the second book in the series. Find out more at http://tkrichardson.com