Writer Lynda Mullaly Hunt likes ordinary heroes. “Both of my books [One for the Murphys and (the upcoming) Alphabet Soup] have themes of ‘Be someone’s hero—no cape required’ in them. The idea of ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” Lynda explains. “And that doesn’t just apply to helping others—it means being a hero to yourself as well. Deciding what life you want and fighting for it. Stepping out of the comfort zone. Being brave. I promise you—it’s hard but worth it.”
Growing up, Lynda says she always wanted to tell stories. “I would tell myself stories as I walked to and from school, sitting in the bathtub, or waiting for my mom to pick me up from Girl Scouts. It was a way to get emotion down with few words. It helped me understand myself better.”
Lynda points to two things that help with her writing. One is carrying a notebook in her back pocket: “I often see things that will spur new ideas, create new characters in my head,” she says. The other is a belief in herself and her stories. “I know it sounds corny, but the power of a good attitude coupled with hard work can move mountains. You have to believe that you can do it—that you have a voice and a story that no one else on the whole planet can tell. And that’s true, you know. Only you can tell your stories.”
Read more about what our featured author Lynda Mulally Hunt has to share about letting your emotions tell a story and why reading is essential on The Studio.