In Erika's Dreams

We writers are often advised to write about what we know, but that’s always felt too easy. For me, part of the joy of writing lies in the discovery.

When I started writing Empty Arms, I didn’t know what it was like to be a pregnant teenager in 1973, to live in a maternity, or to be forced to surrender a child for adoption. I had no idea what a traumatic situation this was for millions of women and the impact it had on their lives. But for the sake of the story’s authenticity and credibility, I had to journey way beyond what I knew. Extensive research went into writing Empty Arms, but what I learned was deeper than facts and figures; I discovered a whole world that I never knew existed.

Today, I am over at Karen S. Elliott’s Blog talking about the heartbreaking and eye-opening journey of writing Empty Arms. I hope you’ll check it out!

What have you discovered through your writing?

You can “like” Empty Arms on Facebook for details on the upcoming release or to share how adoption has touched your life.

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  • Brianna

    It’s interesting you should post this. I wrote what I know for my first novel, but my second novel is a departure from that in every way, from the era it takes place in to what happens to the characters. It’s a good learning experience and something every writer should do at least once.

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