An Epidural for Labor Day

That’s exactly what it felt like when I struck my writing vein today. What I knew would be a painful chapter to write – the capture of two of my main characters – turned out to not be as painful as I thought. Maybe sitting outside in what turned out to be a gloriously beautiful day served as a much needed epidural.

Being an author is much like being a parent (or so I guess). The characters are our children, we must nurture them, guide them, let them make mistakes and, sometimes, let them go. And, these characters can be as demanding as children, needing our attention at all hours, waking us up in the middle of the night, bringing the car home with dents that they swear were always there …

But, like a good parent, when we send our children – the characters and stories they inhabit – out into the world, there is only so much we can do. We just hope we’ve armed them with the tools they need to succeed in the world.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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2 Responses to An Epidural for Labor Day

  1. Frank Bishop says:

    A painful lesson all word monkeys experience.

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