Remember last month when I wrote about the Harry Potter Alliance, and the work they were doing? They got loads of support from authors and fans alike for their Helping Haiti Heal project. They were able to meet their goal of raising over $100,000 to send three planes full of supplies to Haiti. The planes were named Harry, Ron and Hermione, and were sent in conjunction with Partners in Health. You can read all about it here, and see wonderful pictures of the planes and supplies here. And if any of you donated, thank you.
I know the Harry Potter stories are an extreme example, but isn't it wonderful that an author can write a story that takes on a life of its own once it's out there in the world? That kind of inspiration makes me think more about the intention of where my story is going. I'd love to one day inspire hope and positive action in a reader.
I thought about the kinds of actions my stories might inspire. No one in my stories saves the world, but my characters do change for the better in small ways. They might inspire a reader to be kinder to her sister or her grandmother. They may inspire someone to be a little less selfish, a little more honest, and a little braver. All of these actions are part of growing up for any kid. I like to think it's the books they read that make the growth a little less painful and a lot more fun.