What would you wish for?
This past year I’ve been writing a contemporary romance series based on the theme of wishes. In researching my theme, I discovered that there are many ways and means by which we make wishes.
We wish on the first star of the night and also falling stars, while blowing out birthday candles, pulling apart a wish bone, going through tunnels, traveling over bridges, throwing coins in a fountain, blowing away the seeds of a flower, finding a lost eyelash, discovering old bottles on the beach that might have belonged to a genie, and we can even earn a wish by telling someone that the clasp on their necklace is showing.
A wish is an unspoken desire that seems unattainable without some type of universal intervention. The cynical among us will say that wishes are for fools, but I suspect there isn’t one person alive who hasn’t at some point made a wish. By making a wish, we give power to our subconscious thoughts. We state our intentions, and maybe that’s why sometimes wishes do come true. There is power in words and in setting a goal.
But sometimes what we want isn’t always what we need, and it’s this idea that I had a lot of fun writing about in my new series.
In the first book, A SECRET WISH, three women share the same birthday, and for each it’s a milestone birthday, 30, 35, and 40. Each one is facing a challenge with marriage or motherhood or family, and each makes a wish on her birthday candle, but their wishes take them down roads they never thought they’d travel.
In the second book, JUST A WISH AWAY, a pair of young kids experiencing their first “love” find a Genie’s bottle in the sand and they each make a wish, but divorce and family tragedy put their wishes on hold for fifteen years, and then they meet again. Will their wishes still have power?
The third book in my series, WHEN WISHES COLLIDE, which was just released this week, features two lost souls, each having suffered a tragedy, and each in desperate need of a miracle. Standing on opposite sounds of a fountain, they toss their coins at the exact same moment. The coins collide in mid air, and one doesn’t make it in the fountain. But that collision and those wishes change them both in ways they never expected.
I loved writing about characters whose lives were changed by the act of making a wish. Wishes are not only about desire but also about hope, about triumph, and most of my books are written about that emotional journey. Sometimes, the characters discover that they should have heeded the popular saying, “Be careful what you wish for”. But their wishes also change their lives in some way.
So if you had three wishes, what would you wish for? Would you first wish for more wishes? Would your wish be for money, family, love, health? Maybe if you say it aloud or write it down in the comments, your wish will come true!
You can read an excerpt of WHEN WISHES COLLIDE at my website: www.barbarafreethy.com
About the Author:
I’ve been making up stories most of my life. Growing up in a neighborhood with only boys and a big brother who was usually trying to ditch me, I spent a lot of time reading. When I wasn’t reading, I was imagining my own books. After college and several years in the P.R. field, I decided to try my hand at a novel. I was pregnant at the time, and I think there must have been something in those pregnancy hormones. Two years after that decision, I had a finished book and a contract with Silhouette Romance. (Okay, I’ve glossed over the hair-pulling struggle of actually writing that first book, but all the pain vanished when I got the “call”.)
I wrote several books for Silhouette under a pen name, Kristina Logan, and then moved on to single title romance, writing books for Avon and NAL and most recently for Pocket Books where I’ve launched my Angel’s Bay Series. It’s the first time I’ve written a series of connected books, and while it’s quite a challenge, I love being able to develop continuing characters and storylines and create an entire town complete with a rich and fascinating history. SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, ON SHADOW BEACH, IN SHELTER COVE, AT HIDDEN FALLS and the latest release, GARDEN OF SECRETS, can be enjoyed in any order. The release of GARDEN OF SECRETS on September 20th, 2011 will bring my total of published books to 29.
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