What Are Your Passions? by Alissa Johnson
In my upcoming historical romance, Destined to Last, the heroine, Lady Kate Cole, has an extraordinary gift for music. I loved creating this aspect of her character. It provided me with the opportunity to take a small walk down memory lane. I was never a musical prodigy like Kate, but once upon a time, I had a decent sense of rhythm and the ability to read music without stopping to count lines and spaces.
I started piano lessons in elementary school, flute lessons and choir in junior high. I tried out the cello in high school, and took a keyboarding class for my fine arts credit in college.
I like to think my music teachers weren’t just being kind when they said I had real talent. I also like to think I might have made something out of that talent had I just stuck with it. I didn’t. I slowly traded lessons and practice time for skiing, dance, and the one hobby I’ve actually stuck with--marksmanship. By the time I graduated from college, I had set all instruments aside for good. As a result, my current musical capabilities do not extend beyond some high school band music and a few piano recital pieces.
This seems like the sort of thing I ought to regret, but I don’t. Maybe the reason for this is because as much as I enjoyed studying music, I never had a true passion for creating it as Lady Kate exhibits in Destined to Last. Or it’s maybe because I feel as if I didn’t give up on music so much as I chose to develop other talents. So I can’t play Beethoven’s Appassionata. I can say that I out-shot my brother the sniper (just once, but it counts) and I can stand with my father in a pasture and shoot bows at paper targets stuck to bales of hay. It may not sound as impressive as a well played symphony, but I love it. I have a passion for it. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
What about you? Are there talents you’ve stuck with or let go since childhood? Are there interests or hobbies you’d like to pick up now? I’ll be giving away a book from my backlist, so be sure to leave a comment. You can read about Destined to Last and the other books from my historical Providence series at www.alissa-johnson.com.