By: Judge and Alanna Rodriguez
Thank you for joining us this month once again! Now that our version of Romeo and Juliet has been completed, I have to admit I have been struggling to be able to post part of any story without posting any secrets for the books we are currently working on.
So, that fact being known brings to mind a simple question. What are your motivations for being a writer if you are one, or for reading what you do?
Now, this is a bit of a rhetorical question, but one that needs be asked of oneself at least once in awhile.
For me, as a reader, I like to try and lose myself in the storyline, to give myself a bit of a break from the absolute insanity of real life. Some people look to television, sports, some to things like cars/etc., yet others look to books.
I’ve always been a reader. I remember growing up and getting into a lot of trouble, simply because I was notorious for staying up late reading on whatever book I recently started. What pushes you to read further into a story or book?
As a writer, I have always had the desire to have my story be heard. That is, whatever story I was working on at that point. Throughout time, I have worked on several different stories, only to have them end in utter failure, or more to the point, something would always happen to give me cause to stop writing the story. Either a significant other would say something that would make me not want to finish the story, or a friend would say something disparaging about the writing and turn me away from it.
That all ended in 2018 when I started writing on what is now the Legends of the Landrun series. Between my wife urging me on, and using the writing to help urge her on in hers, we have released four books, with another sixteen planned for the Legends series. That doesn’t include another seven for the Minoan Chronicles and four for the “To This You Are Called” series.
Recently, I have had reason to ask myself the question of why do I write, or read what I do? The answer I came up with is actually quite simple: Writing is cathartic. When I feel stressed, anxious, depressed, ignored, or simply need an escape from the world for awhile, I turn to writing.
So, if you ever find yourself in need of making an escape from the world for a short while, it might be an indication you need to step back and put pen to paper, as it were. Until I wrote “The End” to Marshal, I didn’t know the joy of having completed a full project.
So, I am closing out this article by asking the same question of you: What reason do you choose to write or read what you do?
Judge Rodriguez and his wife Alanna are currently co-authoring the Legends of the Landrun Series available in e-book, paperback, and now in hardback format. They can be found here.