My first Guest post is by N.N. Light, author of Princess of Light! Please make her feel welcome!
Top Ten Reasons Why I Wrote Princess of the Light
One of the first questions people ask me is why did I write Princess of the Light. Truth be told, I wrote it for several reasons. So for fun, I came up with a top ten list like David Letterman. Without further ado, here it goes:
1- A chance encounter with a homeless man. Three years ago, I was walking to the grocery store in the snow and I saw a homeless man across the street. There wasn’t anything particularly special or eye-catching about him. He looked to be in his mid-fifties and his skin looked weathered. He was sitting on the curb looking up at the sun with a smile on his face. He looked at peace and I wondered what his story was. Who was he?
A voice entered invaded my thoughts. “What if you could help him?”
“What could I do? I’m just one person.” I shrugged.
“So was Mother Teresa and look how many people’s lives she changed.”
I stopped in my tracks and thought about it. He was a homeless man who looked so alone and yet had such a contented look in his eyes. “Could I really help him?” I whispered.
“He is the forgotten man and you are a gifted writer. Write his story.”
When I got home, I started writing. For the next nine months, I told the Walking Man’s story. His story is one of second chances, forgiveness and redemption. He is the inspiration behind Princess of the Light.
2- Inspire others to give time, money and non-perishable items to food banks. During my interactions with the Walking Man, I learned a great deal about hunger and the need for food banks. I started writing a blog and sharing my thoughts with the world. If every person gave time, money or canned goods to their local food bank, there would no longer be a hunger epidemic. It takes no effort or energy to help others and the result is nothing short of a miracle.
3- Share my love story with the world. I am married to the love of my life and soul mate, MR N. Our love story is amazing and it has everything a Hollywood movie dreams of: attraction, misunderstanding, love, pain, heartbreak (twice by me), reunion, falling in love, engagement, wedding and happily ever after. So many of our friends told me to include our love story in the book; I was nervous at first because hey, true life. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew the world needed to hear it. Everyone deserves happiness and love.
4- Share my vision of Spread the Light. When I was querying Princess of the Light, I knew a strong hook was the key to being a published author. Spread the Light was born. We all have the Light inside us, no matter what your spiritual beliefs, and the act of spreading our Light is the message of my book. When I was helping the Walking Man, I didn’t talk down to him or preach at him. I reflected the Light by offering him a kind word and deed. Kindness is one of the attributes of the Light and we can all be kind.
5- Create a new female role model, one who kicks butt and is spiritual. I am a huge Joss Whedon and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. When the show was on television, she became my role model. When the going got tough for Buffy, she didn’t back down. She approached life in the same way she approached her slaying of vampires: with everything she had because tomorrow she could be dead. I knew I wanted to incorporate that mentality to my main character, Mary. I wanted her to kick ass without fear but with a spiritual bent. I wanted her to be like you or me but instead of vampires, demons and darkness were the big bad. Mary is the carrier of the Light, vanquisher of the darkness and champion for all.
6- Bring to life spiritual warfare in a story relatable to everyone. Spiritual warfare is very much alive and well. You only have to look at the news to see just how real it is. Mothers killing children, kids killing kids in school, cops shooting innocent citizens in the name of justice, etc. I could go on and on but you get the point. There is a spiritual battle going on and our souls are what are at stake. Imagine if you were destined to save a stranger from a demon. Would you? Would save a homeless man in order to give him hope again? These questions and more are the exact questions Mary faces in Princess of the Light. I just wrote it to be universal and relatable.
7- Write the story that has been burning inside my soul for years. I am a storyteller and I have had bits and pieces of Princess of the Light rolling around my head for years. A scene here, a conversation there, it wasn’t until I met my writing mentor, Josh Pahigian, that it started coming together. He helped me weave the bits and pieces into my story in addition to encouraging me along the way. At the end of the day, I am very proud of my book and being able to tell my story.
8- Write a book I would want to read. I read a quote a long time ago that if you didn’t find a book you wanted to read, write it. I took this to heart and the result is Princess of the Light. I am an avid reader and yet, I love reading Princess of the Light. Every time I read a passage, I get excited to read more. I have read it over thirty times and I still love reading it.
9- Spotlight the growing hunger issue in America, Canada and the world. As I said above, through my encounter with the Walking Man and donating at my local food bank I really uncovered an epidemic. There are hungry children in many of the richest countries in the world and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a travesty. Hunger is an epidemic and we have the opportunity to cure it. Apathy will not make it go away and you have the power to help. I hope my book inspires people to help their neighbors and not turn their head, pretending not to see it. Banded together, we can end hunger!
10- Fulfill my life-long dream of writing and publishing a book. Ever since I was a little girl, I have the gift of words. I am a storyteller, weaver of words and now a published writer. It took me a long time to achieve my dreams but I have done it. Best part is I have only just begun.
I thank you for spending a moment with me and learning all about Princess of the Light. I am so grateful to Kelly for having me on The Nook today. I hope you will go out and buy my book. It is available in e-book and print. Not only will you enjoy the story, you will be helping many hungry people like the Walking Man. Part of the proceeds of my book go directly to my local food bank. The more books I sell, the more I can donate. With only 7,500 books sold, I will be able to set up an endowment for my local food bank.
Mary Miller never thought much about destiny until God’s Archangel and Messenger, Gabriel, appears. Gabriel reveals she is destined to vanquish Darkness by spreading the Light and she has a revelation: she is the key.
Her first assignment is to restore the soul of a homeless man known only as the Walking Man. She’s thrust face to face with evil all the while losing her heart to her new love, Joe Deacons. Can she win the battle the Lord placed her in without losing all she loves?
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N. N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest.
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