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Thursday, January 19, 2017

There are those who say writers shouldn't insert politics into their writing...

To those folks I say, "Oh please! I blow raspberries in your general direction".


Have you read Charles Dickens  A Christmas Carol? He was using his writer's bully pulpit to bring attention to the poor, and how they were kept that way through ignorance (lack of public education). Or on the opposite side, Tom Clancy - a known conservative whose political views informed all his writing.

To find myself the subject of a political 'intervention', though, was more than a little shocking. After all, in this country, your political party and vote are supposed to be a matter of personal choice, one of our freedoms.

Yes, I said an intervention. I walked into the kitchen of my ex-husband's parent's home to find his family blocking all the exits, and his mother - the local chair of the party in question - holding a change of registration form. It seems they needed someone to represent my district and they decided I was it...at least until they discovered I was a registered independent. (I had supported my father in his multiple failed campaigns.) To say that I was not amused would be an understatement. Apparently, they thought I was malleable. (They clearly didn't know me very well.)

So, they staged an intervention, and they weren't going to let me leave until I changed my registration. (Of course, they didn't consider that I could change it back again.) In any case, the one thing it did successfully do was make me more aware, as well as making me research politics to understand the way it worked.



*Grins* Being a writer, of course, I wove that experience and knowledge into my work, both in a more serious way - the results of political policies on those caught by those policies in the political thriller Nike's Wings - and in a romance on a seemingly lighter, more personal level showing politics on the local arena (with a kind of strange prescience of what would play out on the national stage in recent times) with Dirty Politics.

Everything we do, every part of what we are, informs us as writers...and it will show. We must be true to ourselves, and our readers

If you need an escape this weekend, escape with into the political thrills with Nike's Wings or into a romance with Cam (and her sexy DA Noah) in Dirty Politics.

Nike's Wings is available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GHE94K

Dirty Politics is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005318DNW