Friday, July 29, 2011

How Remembrance Came to Be

Today I thought I'd share with you the story about how my novel Remembrance came to be.

The “Love Story” music video premiered in the fall of 2008. The first time I watched it, I was entranced. Taylor sees a guy while walking through campus, and the moment their eyes connect, the scene flashes to the two of them dancing at a beautiful ball dressed in clothes that appear to be from around the year 1815. It’s magical to watch, and the video is so amazing that it gave me chills. I watched it over and over again, and a story started to piece together in my mind. A story about a girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England, who doesn’t realize it until her soulmate transfers into her school and triggers her memories to gradually return to her.

I know a lot of you have probably seen this music video, but in case you haven't and want to watch it, or if you just want to watch it over again, here it is:


What a beautiful music video! It makes me happy every time I watch it :)


In that semester at school, I was taking a class called Intro to Creative Writing. One of our first big assignments in class was to write anything we wanted and bring it in to share with everyone. Since the characters and scenes that came to me while watching “Love Story” refused to leave my mind, I decided that for the project, I would write the first chapter of what I then called “The Story Inspired by ‘Love Story.’”

After completing the chapter, I stared at it for about an hour, worrying about what my classmates would think after reading it. I assumed everyone else would write about “normal” things—not reincarnation and seeing your soulmate from the past for the first time! What if they thought what I wrote was weird? I nearly erased it in favor of turning something else in, but then I remembered something Taylor had said:

"If you’re lucky enough to be different from everyone else, don't change."

I listened to her advice. Yes, what I wrote was going to be way different from what everyone else in class wrote, but I was okay with that. And after I read the chapter aloud to the class, I was amazed to find out that everyone in my class, including my teacher, loved it. Actually, they more than loved it—they wanted to read more!

But I had never written a novel before, and the idea of making the plunge and going for it intimidated me. What if I failed and couldn’t finish it? That worried me, but again, I remembered something Taylor had said:

"To me, fearless isn't not having fears; it's not that you're not afraid of anything. I think that being fearless is having a lot of fears, but you jump anyway."

So I jumped.

Now, after working on edits with my family, friends, and literary agent, Remembrance is finally available for you to read, and I'm so excited to be able to share the story with you. 

To everyone who has decided to pick up my book, or who will in the future, thank you so much for your support, and I hope you enjoy it! :)

xoxo,

Michelle

7 comments:

  1. I'd heard that song a zillion times, but somehow never saw the video... GREAT concept for a book. I'm off to buy a copy for my Nook. So glad you tweeted this a few minutes ago... I had no idea! Can't wait to read!

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  2. *dances* I am so excited to read it!
    I can't wait for the book copy! ...but for now I am just going to have to settle for the first few chapters!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I'm so excited to read it. I'm also a Taylor Swift fan and best of all I also love reading books! Can't wait to read it! :)

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  4. What a great idea.. and to think if you didn't do it, I'd never have gotten a chance to read that amazing sounding book *wipes tear -> seriously!* Thank you for taking that step :) It's going to be a hit!

    P.S. Taylor is so beautiful in that video!!

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  5. @Lulu -- thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the book <3

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  6. wow michelle you have inspired me i have alwys loved fairy tales tylor swift reading and writing but i have never before finished a story before but now i am going to yOU ARE AMAZING I LOVE YOUR WRITING I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK
    _MEREDITH_

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Good luck with your writing!! <3

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