Spring speaks of children’s books, budding writers, and young adult stories. Pastel tales and the bloom of youth skip across the pages of Green Eggs and Ham, Winnie the Pooh, The Little Train That Could, and the adventures of Harry Potter, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and a multitude of others. Writers birth new characters and new books.
Summer heat sizzles between the covers of romance novels and spawns hot new authors, while those who’ve weathered many seasons bask in the shade, pounding out their next hits and maintaining sales of past successes. Brightly hued flowers and kelly-green grasses inspire the creation of vivid yarns, colorful stories of bygone days, and the escapades of young and old alike.
Rich, deep reds, golds, oranges, and browns of autumn suggest mysterious plots, intense thrillers, and authors who long to expose the story behind the story and explore the darker side of human nature. Characters of extraordinary integrity emerge from cream-colored pages, humble mortals rising above weaknesses of flesh and spirit. Crimes of passion and passionate loves walk beside crimes of hate and lost loves into the minds and hearts of readers. Experienced writers stretch imaginations to send their characters beyond the lightheartedness of summer into the cavernous depths of human emotions.
Then it is winter. The world has become black and white again. Stories of good triumphing over evil abound, as well as those in which the aching cold stills a lonely heart. First-time older writers—seasoned citizens with many years of life behind them—find time to pen the stories long incubated within their souls. Authors with a host of books to their credit reach out with thought-provoking tales to touch readers of all ages. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple proves the viability of elderly protagonists. The popularity of Jessica Fletcher (mystery writer J.B. Fletcher) in the long-running TV series Murder She Wrote indicates that no mandatory retirement age exists for writers or protagonists in the eyes of the reading (or viewing) public.
Are you a young, middle-aged, or seasoned-citizen writer? If you are an experienced author, how have the passing years changed your writing? How have the seasons and colors of fiction affected it?
Retired editor Linda Lane is opening a virtual bookstore where writers can gather in a cozy environment, support one another, learn from the pros, and mingle with their fans who come to purchase books and meet their favorite authors. The bookstore's blog will invite all to participate, and writers can enter mini-flash-fiction contests. Serialized novels will entertain those who come to read, and authors are welcome to submit their stories for possible serialization and world-wide exposure. Site is currently under construction, but feel free to visit: LindasBookNook.com.