Truth be told, all of the heroines in my books, including my science-fiction novellas, and excluding my novelettes and children’s books, are me. I design them after myself with physical differences and circumstantial differences. The voice of my poetry is my own; but they are also works of fiction. I used to write short stories when I was a child, and all of my main characters were not me. Were they? When I conceive of a story, I picture myself handling all of the challenges, experiencing the sights and sounds and smells and tastes and sensations, and ultimately conquering the battle. And my stories and novels hopefully reflect how I feel about you all. And once I have convinced you all how much I love you, I will have left my mark upon the earth.
My other works include:
Novacadia, a science-fiction novella.
The Incident, a work of fiction.
I’m Watching You, an unfinished psychological thriller.
Streetwalker, a suspense/thriller.
Poetry Beside a Rippling Water, a collection of poems.
Four Novelettes, still in the works.
The Sarah and the Glass Castle Stories, a series of children’s books.
The Tiger Story, a children’s book my mother, also a published author, and I once wrote together.
My mother’s author name is E. L. Ward. She is the author of Snowdrop Fair: Nehama’s Dream, and Snowdrop Fair: Nehama’s Dream, second edition. These are two versions of her narrative poetry. The same as my first book, The Heart Grows Stronger, by K. E. Ward, these two books are available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, and http://www.authorhouse.com.
This is a doodle I did one year that might have become the cover and title of the book. As you can see, Julie and her friends are to the right of the picture, and Eric in sunglasses is to the bottom left. A version of Todd is in the top center… although I was not pleased with how his face turned out. I wouldn’t say it exactly looks like him. The little scribblings tell you about a previous name for the villain (Mitchell), and about characters from different novels of mine (Meg, Violet, and Eve). Although, I will never use the name “Violet.” It was a temporary name, and it did not embody the twisted heroine of my fourth book. The title, Saved, was never the right one, as I had wanted to embed the explanation to my saved Christianity into my book. The hero, Todd, obviously saves Julie more than once, and Caleb, a later character, questions her about being saved and what it means to be saved. I allude to God and religious figures in the book, and there is perhaps one mention of the word, “God,” and her faith in God. And of course, the villain’s name, Michael, has spiritual significance having to do with the Archangel Michael. The final title, The Heart Grows Stronger, and the final cover, are more appropriate. The villain’s name was originally Michael, but I had to change it because Michaels kept popping up into my life, and I didn’t want them to think I was writing the book specifically about them! Funny how that happens!
This is an oil painting I did tonight of my heroine, Julie Anne Miller. Her full name from birth is Julia Anne Miller, though I did not specify her middle name in the book. She is a young girl, slight of figure, with a light complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and bangs. She is a sensitive character who builds in emotional strength, courage, self-esteem, and empowerment as we move through the book.
Good morning, and I hope you all are having a pleasant time. A little bit about me… I have only published one novel so far, and I began creating it at the age of twelve after a daydream which developed into something longer. I was sitting in my mother’s car that day, and we were listening to the stereo. I remember it so clearly. A song came on which I liked very much, and I sat there listening to it as we drove. I pictured a girl running in a forest with someone chasing after her. Then the next song came on, and I managed to imagine a bit of a love story about it. Many years later, The Heart Grows Stronger came out in paperback. It is not a romance, nor was it ever supposed to be a romance. I do not like how people confuse it with one. Unfortunately, it is about law, and the interpretation of law. Who sets the rules? Who is supposed to obey the rules? Is lying ever good? And what is ultimate deception? You see, I suppose that it is very romantic in a certain sense. Julie, my heroine, falls desperately in love with our hero, who is a kind of savior to her, a Jesus Christ. Then we have the villain, who in many ways I believe is the most complicated character. He is supposedly evil, and yet at the same time, we find out in the end that he is good, and was always good. I do not consider it a love triangle , either. There is a simple love story between Todd and Julie, but Michael is her true leader, true savior, and true love. Through bitterness we come to understand that pain brings strength, and of course, through pain our hearts increase in strength. I thought it was very good, and that my ideas were very complicated, and that I knew about law and lawyers very well, and that I understood law and the courtroom very well. In my book we brush upon the idea of justice, though it is only suggested. Michael turns out to be the devil himself, but has a soul as valiant as God himself, and thus, we find out that he is the Archangel Michael, in human form, ready to love you, and protect you. Julie, our heroine, is the Virgin Mary, and though I said before that Michael was the most complicated character, it is actually Julie, who is our true heroine. And in the book, we won the fight. Thank you for coming across my page. I am very proud if my first work, though I have written other books. A couple of them are published on the Web, free to read, on http://www.authonomy.com, a British website for authors. Have a great day, K. E. Ward.