This month's topic strikes a chord in me for so many reasons. I'll try to keep it down to a few well thought out ones and not drone on or wax prolific.
You're welcome ( hee hee!)
The definition of hope according to Webster's Dictionary is: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. In essence, it's an outcome that we all desire, and each hope is individualistic.
The concept of Hope is something near and dear to me. As a practicing Catholic, hope is one of the cannons of my religious life. Catholics hope for a life everlasting when we die and our souls exit our bodies. We hope to be reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us once we get to Heaven.
Or in my case IF I get to Heaven. Hee hee.
When my daughter was born, I hoped she would inherit a world that would be free of wars, poverty, bigotry, and racism and where very single person is judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, where they were born, or their sexual preference.
I'm still hoping for that world and she is now 31 years old.
When I start writing a new romance book, in the back of my mind I always have a question for my hero and heroine: what is it they hope for, or hope to find, once the book is done? Do they want to find everlasting love? Have people accept them for who and what they are? Be the best person they can be?
Do they hope for an easy life, or one filled with excitement? Money, fortune, and fame; or a quiet country life sitting by a fire each evening? A grand passion or the easy, comfortable love of someone who knows you better than you know yourself?
Since I write romance you would think the major hope would be that they find their own happily ever after. Well, that's the end goal for sure. But they may not be hoping that along the way when I tell their story.
My own hope is that when someone reads a book I've penned they've found a few hours of joy and escapism from the horrors of the world we now inhabit and that I bring a smile and a little happiness into their day. I try to instill each book with a sense of hope - for the future and for the lovers - that all will be well and love will rule the day.
It may sound sappy and corny to some, but a Happily Ever After for everyone is my ultimate hope.
In my newest Holiday RomCom, MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, & MOZZARELLA, Madonna San Valentino hopes that one day she will find a man who loves her for who she is and that she can fulfill her dream of going to design school. Will she get what she's hoping for??
You'll have to read the book to find out ( Hee Hee!)
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