It's Friday again - another week has gone by in the blink of an eye, which means it's time for me to introduce you to someone who's using their talents to make the world a better place. Today, it's women's fiction author E.J. Hanagan. I've met EJ in person and I have to say, she truly is one of those people who brings sunshine to the world by simply existing. She also uses her new book, Saving Jason, to raise awareness for PTSD. I figured the combination of the two made her a great fit for the Leave Your Mark series. I hope you find her as enchanting as I do. Have an amazing weekend, all! ~Heather
When I got asked the question, "What do you do to better the world?" I instantly thought about a million different things that I would love to say. For example, I hold doors open for everyone, I smile at passersby, I teach my daughter that it is nice to share, I donate to charity. But, the truth is, I think that the best thing that we can do to better the world is to be our best selves.
Think about how happy you are when you are in your glory doing what you love.
Think back to a time where you have seen someone in this element and how it has made you feel. I know that personally, I really love animals and when I’m around them, I’m just simply content. I feel like if the whole world could do what they love and what they are good at, then that is one step to a happier place.
I love to create stories and lead a reader to open their mind up to a world of possibilities. I love getting lost in words and characters and plot and I love even more to know that my readers were able to escape and take something away with them. Because I love this and I’ve been given the magnificent opportunity to write, I can pass my good energy on to others. I’m terrible at math and I couldn’t tell you how to get to the corner store from my house, but, I can write and I feel like that is how I can contribute to the world.
For years I have been disturbingly intrigued by how a person can be thrown into combat and come out and face the life that they knew before. How for years, veterans can hold these treacherous feelings and experiences inside them and never ask for anything in return. It is my hope, that through writing and doing what I love, I will be able to make the world a better place and help bring awareness to veterans with PTSD.
I don’t just want to tell a good story - I want to be a part of a good story, too.
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.