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Emotional Milestones

Like many of you, I wear my heart on my sleeve, unable to disguise my moments of joy or sorrow. I weep my way equally through births, deaths, weddings, graduations, pretty sunsets, rainbows, and Hallmark movies. You name the occasion, I’ve cried during it. And if I’m in a room with you and you are laughing, I share your laughter. If you are crying, I share your tears. 

Each life carries all sorts of milestones infused with overlapping, even conflicting emotions. Somehow, I can’t keep myself from examining–or wallowing in–each passing moment for the emotional content. Typical behavior for most authors, I’m sure; essential for romance authors, in particular. 
 
For instance, I recently returned to my hometown for the funeral of a beloved uncle. On its own, a funeral is fraught with memories and emotion; a revisit of family history, heartache, and trauma. A loss is always hard, but along with the tears of the mourners, there were also joyous reunions with family and friends, reminiscences and reflections of happier days.
 
Last week, my daughter celebrated her wedding anniversary. I clearly remember her wedding day as one of joy and celebration for my entire family. But a few years later, my father passed away on the same date. His passing now casts a shadow over the anniversary, giving some of those glorious wedding memories a bittersweet twist.
 
In my work in progress, the second book in my small town series, my heroine’s father has died, and she returns to her hometown after an absence of many years. That’s a treasure trove of emotional baggage in the first few pages. I went through half a box of tissues as I wrote it. And then, of course, she is reunited with old friends and adversaries from her past, including an old boyfriend who once left her heartbroken. All of this just in time for the town to celebrate the three major year-ending holidays, adding their own emotional weight. My poor eyes will be red and swollen all month! 
 
 
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Jacie Floyd writes contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and emotionally-rich stories about strong women and bold men. A six-time Golden Heart Finalist and two-time Golden Heart winner, she has self-published eight novels  and a novella. Her next book, SUNNYSIDE CHRISTMAS, is scheduled for a fall release. 
 
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