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When I was asked to write something as the featured author on LoveStories.com, I was honored. But what would I write to captivate my fellow Love Stories members, to help them see a unique side of who I am, to aid me in learning about their lives and to invite conversation? And then it hit me. Of course, I would write about LOVE.

HERE ARE MY LOVE STORIES


            As a small child, I was in love with my parents. They protected me, nurtured me and guided me. Dad made up bedtime stories that carried into the daytime hours until we would have entire discussions with him playing the role of Dr. Rajah, the heroic explorer, while I would mimic the voices of Ellie the Elephant and the silly monkeys.  Mom would make me try things. New food, new activities, new friends. Always telling me I could achieve anything.

            I wrote my first book when I was eight years old. It was a book on the weather. I covered two pieces of cardboard with wallpaper, bound the pages together and it was placed in my elementary school library. I fell in love with writing.

            Then I became a pre-teen. Trading stationary, talking on the phone with my friends for hours and testing boundaries became my focus. I was in love with freedom.

            I read all of Judy Blume’s books, the Nancy Drew books and eventually many popular novels and the classics. I fell madly and irrevocably in love with reading.

            I fell in love with my first boy in junior high school. Well, at least I thought it was love. He was wiry and muscular and had the hints of a moustache. I imagined us holding hands and kissing behind the bleachers. I wrote notes about him and passed them to my friend in history class. I didn’t mind getting caught and going to detention. It gave me more time to think about this new kind of love. Romantic love.

            I married my high school sweetheart. He needed me. I fell in love with being someone’s one and only.

            I went to law school and became a prosecuting attorney, specializing in sexual crimes and child abuse offenses. I fell in love with helping people.

            When my husband and I divorced, I was sad and invigorated. I considered who I was, who I wanted to be and with whom I wanted to share my life. I fell in love with myself.

            I met a woman. I learned about Sapphic love.

            I have published four novels. I am in love with each one for different reasons.    

   Wicked Good is the story of a mother and her son who has Asperger’s syndrome. It is a story of unconditional love. I wrote this novel with my sister, which brought us closer together.

          Make Your Own Luck is a murder mystery about a young attorney who defies her father and represents a thirteen-year-old girl accused of murder. It is a story of self-love and unselfish love. I learned a lot about myself while writing this book. 

          The Lantern is a historical novel about a girl in 1400s Florence, Italy who dares to compete with the great Renaissance artists. It is a story of the love of truth and art. I fell wildly in love with Michelangelo while writing this novel.

          Forbidden Room, my latest release, is a murder mystery about a woman charged with murder and the attorney that represents her. He believes in her innocence, but did she really do it? It is a novel that questions the meaning of love. Writing Forbidden Room caused me to reevaluate my definition of love.

            Several years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and am now cancer free. From that experience, I fell in love with life.

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVE STORIES?

            Please email me at jtawnylewis@gmail.com. I am looking forward to hearing from you.