Little Reminders of Who I Am by Jeff S. Bray

by | Dec 7, 2020 | Author | 0 comments

I am excited to be part of your Authors’ Lounge. When I describe Little Reminders of Who I Am on social media, I usually post that it is a blend of a Hallmark Movie and It’s A Wonderful Life. For one, it takes place around the holiday season, and it involves a blossoming relationship between a magazine food columnist and the daughter of a restaurant owner that he visits. The Wonderful Life aspect comes into play when an interesting visitor enters the picture. The reader knows from page one that there is something special about this man, or is he more?

 

A Story to Fall in Love With

Little Reminders of Who I Am was a lot of fun to write. It is actually the first love story that I have written. I am more of a suspense writer. My first book, The Five Barred Gate, was a suspense novel. Writing Little Reminders was a departure, and at first, I was not too sure I would be able to pull it off. Yet, the more I clicked away on my keyboard, the more I fell in love with my characters and the story I was conveying. Speaking of ‘story,’ there is another interesting fact about me as a writer and where the Little Reminders idea came from.

 

A Dream Come True

For as long as I can remember, I have had an active imagination. That constant mental state has found its way into my dreams. Ever since childhood, I have been an active dreamer. It was not until High School that I paid any real attention to them. I began to record them in the journal I kept. Fast forward 30 years and several lifetimes, I fell into a pretty serious dream about what it would be like if it were illegal to speak your mind; my novel The Five Barred Gate was born from that dream.

 

Six months later, I had a dream about a woman who worked as a waitress. She meets a man and a stranger who has a unique interest in them getting together. The woman has a secret though, that could harm their relationship. This became the premise of Little Reminders of Who I Am. Yes, this all was a dream. There was more to the dream but saying more would give away what happens in the book. Small things, but important things. You’ll have to read the book to find out more. It’s worth it.

 

Where it All Began

Believe it or not, Authors’ Lounge, my novel writing career began with Freelance Writing. I write blog articles for clients about topics from the internet to pest control. I am still a Freelance Writer, but now I also write novels. My writing journey began just a little over five years ago when a buddy of mine and I challenged each other to chase our dreams. My first endeavor was writing The Five Barred Gate. In the middle of editing that novel, the Children’s series, Elissa the Curious Snail, was born. Those four books were published in 2018. Then in 2019, I began penning Little Reminders, which was completed by year’s end.

 

Loving Every Moment

By far, Little Reminders of Who I Am has been my favorite to write. Maybe it was the restaurant aspect of it. I used to work in the restaurant industry as a cook, and Aaron, the main character, is a food critic. To be able to ‘write what you know’ was fun to do. Who am I kidding? I loved writing every character in Little Reminders, even the character I consider the nemesis. But it is the ‘Hallmark Movie’ tag that I hope will attract readers the most. I feel it is apropos. Then adding Carter’s character, he brings the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tag and completes the picture of what the book is all about.

 

An Inspiring Word

Speaking of which, I hope readers are inspired through Little Reminders of Who I Am to live life to the fullest. To love with all of your heart and to never give up. Most of all, I hope that you will remember what is most important in life and to hold onto that. We are often left little reminders in everyday life within the things around us. All we have to do is look around to see them. It is the journey I brought Deborah and Aaron through, and I hope to take you, my reader, through the same journey.

 

 

 

 

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