One of the questions I’m being asked about most often with The Only True Genius in the Family is what I believe true genius to be. A perfectly fair question, right? But a really hard one to answer! Philosophers and great thinkers have been pondering that question, or questions like it, for thousands of years. In coming up with what to say, I thought about my main character, Claire, a woman who is plagued by doubt about her ability to make art. She is caught between her famous photographer father and her painting prodigy daughter, and she is convinced that genius skipped a generation in their family. Claire could have bowed out of the family business. She could have said, “I think I’ll become an accountant, instead, or a marathon runner or a CEO of a multinational corporation.” But she didn’t. She felt called to make art, and she fought for the right to do it—a right that she had to grant to herself.
What Claire finds, in the end, is her own creative voice. Instead of worrying about her dad or her daughter or what anyone thinks, she just makes something because it feels right and good. That’s what I think true genius is: figuring out what you are meant to do, daring to do it, and feeling wholly alive in the process.
Great post! I love that’s she’s wearing out her l and me keys.
I’m a hard typer so I wear out all of my keyboard keys before their time. Love her post. I especially love what she said there at the end
“figuring out what you are meant to do, daring to do it, and feeling wholly alive in the process.”
She has a great definition of true genius. It really does take a lot of courage to find and do the things that you are meant to do!
It’s the figuring out part that is (for some) the hardest thing to do though. I think it really helps when you can be passionate in the choices and decisions you make about your life.
Great guest post–it’s always nice to get a peek into the genius behind a book!
Scrap girl says
Fantastic guest blog – how did you manage to get the author on your blog? It is so interesting to read what the writer has to say about their books and their writing processes.
Jennie Nash says
Thanks to Darlene for inviting me to post today, and for featuring my book. I didn’t realize that keyboards wearing out was a trend!In any case, I’m glad you guys liked my words about genius.
I love Jennie’s definition of genius!
great post! its always interesting hearing about the authors writing process.
What a great post!! Loved it!
I like the word courage, but is figuring out what you were meant to do, what feels right and good to you, always genius? Couldn’t it be merely obstinate perseverence?
Jennie, thanks again for stopping by and thanks again for a great book. I hope it does really well.
Kathy, I wore out a few keys on my old laptop. I’m sure I will on this one too.
Ti, Janel, Wanda, Alyce— I love what she said too. Isn’t that what all of us need to do-figure out what we’re meant to do. I wish I had spent more time doing that when I was younger. I think I would have dared to do more then versus now.
Scrap Girl, thanks. Many of the authors are absolutely great about working with bloggers. If you review a book of theirs, many are happy to do a guest post for even more exposure. I find too it’s a nice way to learn more about them personally.
Naida, thanks. Yes lots of people love to read about the writing process. I’m always curious too how they come up with their stories and actually get them on paper. I have lots of ideas, they just never make it anywhere else. lol.
April, thanks 🙂
Jeanne, you could be right. Sometimes it just takes sticking with something to figure out what you really want.