As a writer I feel as if I walk two distinct paths. On one path, I am drawn in the direction of non-fiction family pieces. I believe that if we can understand our family relationships, we can get a better understanding of who we are as individuals. Our surroundings mold much of our personalities and behaviors and the first environmental strongholds come from the family unit – or the lack of a family unit. The family environment can be a focus for our positive motivations or an instrument of self-destruction. My hope is that in my capacity to research, interview and advise, my writings will effect positive changes for the readers. Even fun articles about family activities can become the catalyst for a busy parent to start spending more quality time with the kids.
On the other path, I enjoy the creativity involved when plotting out different fictional stories. As the characters go through their ups and downs, it’s comforting to know that on some level, it will all work out for them. Even though my plots usually revolve around the family unit, when writing fiction I can guarantee happy endings. My central characters always carry the lesson that sometimes to grow, you have to “let go.”
Nina Guilbeau is the Siblings Editor for BellaOnline where she writes weekly parenting articles. Her parenting articles have also appeared in various online magazines. She is the winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award and author of Too Many Sisters, Too Many Secrets, God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same and Birth Order and Parenting. She has been published in the short story anthology From Our Family to Yours, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Sasee Magazine and Orlando Sentinel.
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