Stories are the way we order and explain our lives. We learn, we remember, we dream through the words and images of stories. Think about it - when you try to make sense of your life or when you try to describe your life to others don't you eventually end up being a storyteller? Is there any better way to connect the people, places, and events, the ups, downs and in-betweens, the what-was, what-is and what is still-to-come of your life? And when you read a good book, isn't it the story that makes all the difference?
Stories connect us with each other and with our past, our present and our future. A good story can take us away to another place or time; it can let us experience another person's life or better understand our own; it can even lift us beyond the limitations of this world. People have been telling stories forever. Today, we tell our stories with both words and images, but as much as we may love movies, TV and video games none of those let us become part of a story like a good book. Without someone else's visual images to portray the people and places in a story, our imaginations rule! The characters in a book look as we think they should - sometimes like us or others we know, sometimes like something else altogether. Places sometimes take on familiar dimensions from our own lives or they may go beyond anything we have ever known. Either way, we enter in, walk around and make ourselves at home as the story unfolds.
Books can take us home or to a far away place we have never been before. The stories told in my books, poems and songs invite you into the lives of imaginary people whose lives feel very real, perhaps even a little like your life or mine. They are waiting to meet you and to tell you their stories, so come on in.
Have I got a story for you...