Bestselling Author Colleen Donnelly Explores Truth in Fiction

Why do you read? At the heart of most  fiction lies the exploration of relationships or self-discovery–with the added promise of a happily ever after or a happy for now in romance fiction.

Today on Welcome Wednesday, award-winning and Amazon Bestselling author Colleen Donnelly talks about that and other truths we find in fiction. Here is Colleen’s insight.

Truth in Fiction 

Books are doorways for the
imagination and the soul. Chances are, a writer will reveal something in a
story they wouldn’t dare disclose out loud. Likewise, a reader may experience
the release of some deeply hidden treasure or longing through a twisted plot or
a heartbroken heroine. Characters have a way of dragging writers and readers along
with them on their story arc of self-discovery, churning up and satisfying who
and what is buried within.
Ponder the books that have spoken
to you. Did you ever write or read an adventure or fantasy for the pure
pleasure of escape? Have you delved into romance because it touched what had
been too long untapped? Have you lived out revenge through crime dramas? Have
you ever written, read, or related to any of the following:

Being accused of having an affair with the one
person you actually wanted far more from than just a tryst.


* Having the illusion of being a bride turn to the  
delusion of feeling ordinary under the demands of another.

*  Loving one but engaged to another.

*  In a relationship for all of   the wrong reasons.

*  Knowing you’ve been betrayed, but unable to
prove it.

I have. And I’m thankful for the
person, myself or another, who spelled it out on a page so I could see myself,
find solace in the fact that I was not alone, and realize a path through it.
You have a story in your soul or
imagination that will either be read or written, and you will gasp with relief
when you at last see it on the page.
Colleen L Donnelly, writer of
historical fiction with a heart, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller, recipient of two Crowned
Heart Rone Awards, a Rone Finalist, and winner of Rom Com Reader’s Crown.
Find her at
And her books at:
Mine to Tell
Asked For
Love on a Train
The Lady’s Arrangement
Out of Splinters and Ashes

25 thoughts on “Bestselling Author Colleen Donnelly Explores Truth in Fiction”

  1. Powerful scenarios! I do see the same themes pop up again and again in my fictional heroines'–especially their refusal to make themselves small to meet others' expectations.

  2. Colleen, my first post didn't seem to 'take'–I just wanted to welcome you to my blog and to Welcome Wednesday. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful post. 🙂

    1. I critiqued a book eons ago with the strangest family dilemma it couldn't possibly be true. But when I met with the author, the truth of the plot was all over their face. This person had truly been there and done that, and worked it out in their book. That was when the light went on for me how valuable fiction can be.

  3. Such a beautiful post. You're right–our characters, read or written, pull us along into beautiful experiences, sharing all that they discover. I wouldn't have it any other way!

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