Who Is RK Barclay ?
C. S. Lewis said: “You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”
If I were to stop setting goals for myself or stop dreaming, then my motivation would cease and my relevance would evaporate. I vow to remain fluid and relevant and vocal in this life. Something the movers and shakers of today try to avoid and openly suppress is the enlightened perspective gained through the experiences of life. A direct result of this heightened consciousness, is my choice to look upon my brothers and sisters through eyes of love, versus hate. Life has taught me hate is divisive and nothing productive ever evolves from separation within a united body of people. We do not have to agree with our brother or accept the ideology of our brother to love him. As legal United States citizens we have every right and an innate responsibility to question, but in order to prosper, we must embrace love and never allow hate and divisiveness to highjack our hearts, our lives, or our nation. We must strive for understanding and forgiveness. We need to unite as a people and as a nation, and do so with love in our hearts. This is my personal philosophy.
Now…Do not assume my novels, based on my perspective, to be cushy, idealistic tales of unattainable utopias. Real life is full of hardships. It’s wrought with daily struggles and lifelong challenges. Only through overcoming these obstacles can we truly understand and appreciate dreams realized and goals achieved.
My mother instructed me over the years to “Make beautiful memories, my dear, because when you are old, you rely upon them for comfort, everyday.”
One of the benefits (and also challenges) of aging is an enhanced ability to reflect upon our lives with objective scrutiny. When I was very young and my mother first shared the above directive with me, I recall thinking, “Oh, isn’t she sweet (and totally naïve)?” I was not yet ready to accept the wisdom in her words. Over the years experiences stacked one upon the other to separate me from the foolish arrogance of my youth. Now, I finally understand, and fully embrace the wisdom within my mother’s words.
Last week while performing one of my least favorite household tasks, dusting, two items slipped from my grasp.
The first – a Waterford crystal vase->quite lovely, the other->a pretty little dollar store find – a gift from my nephew when he was small. Which did I jump to recapture before it met a dire fate? The tiny dime store treasure, of course.
Why – because things do not tug at the heart…People do…
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love.”
The first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 16 Verses 13-14
I am a private person, so Bio’s are my least favorite thing.
My stories are typically inspired by one personal event or another, so I can safely tuck a bit of myself or essential influences between the lines. The series I am currently ‘editing/polishing’ was inspired in part by the loss of my mother and then my younger brother shortly thereafter. Each of these beautiful people, like no one before or after, held a piece of my heart in their hands. I guess that’s where the significance of my novels comes into play. Escaping to a fictional place inhabited by these beautifully ‘real’ people within my head provided the safe sanctuary I needed at the time. While there, I fell in love with the characters and the places and their situations and developed a oneness with their dreams — Consequently, books two, three and four soon followed.
None of my characters are similar to me or people I have consciously known, but bits and pieces of people and events do inspire me. The heroine’s name in the first book in the series is that of my lovely mother, and so it goes… But, if I had to put my finger on the primary influence for the female leads in the first two novels within my latest series, I would say it is wild horses. Say what! Yes, the lovely young lady in Book One is definitely an independent and spirited lady, and the mysterious maiden in Book Two is hauntingly illusive and free.
Sadly, there is a lot of chatter about hate these days…Well I don’t know much about hate (for me it’s a total waste of time), but I know an awful lot about love, so expect to find a healthy dose of romance intertwined with the struggles and triumphs in my characters’ lives. An optimist, a dreamer to some, I prefer happy endings, but just like in real life, I make my characters work for them…and work for them…and work for them.
That’s about it from this former techy guru turned writer.
Until next time, Please know you are valued and appreciated by me, and you are Loved by God.
RK Barclay is a member of the following:
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
RWA – Faith Hope & Love Chapter
RWA – Hearts Through History Chapter
Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA)
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
America’s beautiful Wild Horses Need our Help!
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My Country – USA
Please remember our Veteran’s and Service Men & Women in your prayers.
They give ALL so You and I can live Free.
Because I am intrigued by history, I write historical novels. While driving up to visit my mother a few months before she left me to join the Lord, I stopped and snapped a picture of this lonely old house sitting in the middle of a field. I could not help but imagine the families who once warmed the walls and the children who played under the shade of that ancient tree. To me, it is beautiful…
“By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3
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And may Not reflect those of Publishers, Editors, Agents with whom I do business.
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