We were at KFC after the service last Sunday, and we were talking about random things that have been happening here. Suddenly, she bursts out something about my book and how she enjoyed reading it. (I gave her an advance reading copy. No, there aren’t any more of those available. Sorry.)

    I laughed and asked her if she was just being nice, because she knew me.

    She answered my question by gushing about the characters in the book. She told me that she was now wondering what became of Cecille or how the main characters are doing. She told me the parts that she liked and talked about my characters like they were mutual friends of ours.

    It was such a surreal experience for me, because for the three years that I’ve been writing this book, those characters and how their lives unfold existed only in my mind. And now, there are people who know them and their stories.

    I once dreamed of this.

    I used to say that one of my lifelong dreams was to finish a novel. I don’t even care if anybody reads it or not. I just wanted to finish. And now I have. And not as a ghostwriter hidden in the shadows, but as me. Joanna.

    And I realize now that I do care. It means so much to me that she read it and seemed to enjoy it. It means so much to me that I got to tell her why Lance was written that way or why I don’t see him ever ending up with Malaya. I got to see her gush over characters and situations that for so long, I was frightened people wouldn’t connect with.

    But she did. And she talked to me about it.

    I don’t think she knew how much that conversation meant to me. My characters were no longer just in my head. They were in hers too.

    To a writer, that’s amazing.

    Especially when at some point, she paused and said, “Wow. It’s weird. I feel like I’m just talking to you about a book that I liked, but then I remember that you’re the author of the book, and it’s really really weird.”

    It was weird for me too, but more than weird, I’m just thankful that I got to experience that. I truly am.

    No matter what happens to this book, whether it becomes a hit or a flop, whether it even gets published (I’m in a state of confusion right now, because I don’t know whether to publish or wait)… I will always have that conversation.

    Thank you for that conversation, Ate Eda. I will always remember it.

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    Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable ā€“ and relatable ā€“ stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.
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7 Comments on "She Knows My Characters Now"

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Kristen
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Love this! What an awesome experience. I’m sure you’ll have many more once your book is able to reach more people. Congrats!

Kelly S
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I am always weirded out when people talk about my writing in person. Something about putting words out there seems anonymous. But it is so important to remember real people are on the other side of those pages. Congrats on the new book!

Linda Kuriloff
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Thanks for sharing this! It reminds me that once we share a creation of ours it no longer belongs just to us, but to anyone who indulges it.

Lauren C. Moye
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Congratulations on that moment! It’s very special to have somebody relate to your characters and respond appropriately to your book. Good luck on the sales!

Ailie
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What an incredible experience and such an encouragement. I’m so happy for you šŸ™‚ Well done for completing your book. I’d love to read it, please let me know the price of your book so I can look into purchasing a copy. (even if its not published)

Crystal
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That is awesome! It is a dream of mine to publish a book someday. Praying things will go well for you!

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