Writers of fiction, I believe, write mainly to entertain others with their stories. In my own experience, my novels also reflect my nursing background. Some things I’ve seen will always be pictures in my mind. The most heartbreaking are sick children.
In Missing Emily, I write about a child whose mother is so devastated by her daughter’s illness, that she takes a path she would never think possible to save her child’s life. Her actions cause another mother to suffer. I write about the heartache, pain, devastation, but others actively do amazing things to help these children and their families. Charities like the Jimmy Fund and Make a Wish.
I blogged a long time back about Magical Moon Farm, my dear friend’s foundation for children with cancer. Her name is Donna Green, she is a well-loved, well-collected artist who has also published many illustrated books. She was my guide to self-publish my own book. In her spare time (she has none!), she painted the beautiful lilacs on the cover of my book.
I recently was on a forum where the discussion was whether or not a reader would buy a book that states: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a certain charity. As my book does. I was surprised how many said they would not buy a book with that stipulation. They see it as a scam to sell books. I have only seen this statement here and there, and I always think it’s great. It gives me the feeling that my book purchase will not only entertain, but will also help someone in need. For me, seeing Donna’s wonderful kids at the farm, all of whom are knighted and have a project, all of whom are learning skills to help them stay healthy during treatments and after, to find peace through meditation, and to support each other, make me want to support them. Marvelous things are done at this sacred place. When I decided to donate funds from my own book sales, it gave me a stronger purpose to write a good book and to market the heck out of it.
I’d love to know how you feel about this. Would you put a book back down if that little phrase is on it? A portion of the proceeds . . .