It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Taryn Leigh, author of Perfect Imperfections to Linda’s Book Bag today. Like me, Taryn is convinced about the importance of books in people’s lives and she’s here to persuade us all about the importance of fiction.
Published by Olympia in e-book and paperback, Perfect Imperfections is available for purchase here.
Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa.
Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach.
Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence.
Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.
The Power of Fiction
A Guest Post by Taryn Leigh
Fiction may be seen to some as a way of escaping reality. Journalists or Political Activists might feel that an Author writing fiction has no power to influence society, culture, and an individual.
That however is vastly untrue.
For centuries books have been a source of knowledge, the gateway to understanding, and a platform for debate. Fiction novels, have been at the forefront of these in many instances.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence is a book about an aristocratic woman who commits adultery with a working-class man. This book was subsequently banned in the UK due to its sexual content and language. However, it brought to light the plight of censorship and helped to overthrow it.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe is given credit for transforming American views about slavery.
Animal Farm by George Orwell strongly affected readers’ views of government and politics.
The question stands that how could a story, primarily brought together by the Author, have such a profound effect on society, and how we view things?
The answer is found in how these stories have a way to cause the reader to:
- Have empathy for the lead character
- Feel the pain of what they may be going through
- View painful circumstances through the eyes of someone else
- Go through the suffering from a distant yet involved view
- Share in the frustration of societal problems and dysfunctions, and explore possible solutions.
These stories have a way to connect the reader emotionally to a fictitious stranger. It causes people to empathise with a stranger, where they might not empathise with someone they know. It causes them to tap into their emotions and review their stance on real issues.
As an Author of Fiction myself, I have made it my mission to write books that can bring a change to someone else’s life. Whether it’s showing them the power of forgiveness or allowing them to have empathy for someone else who is going through the hardest moments in their life.
For me, it’s important, to not just write beautiful stories, but to have a lasting impact on the very person whose hands grace the pages of my books.
About Taryn Leigh
Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available worldwide. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in books, which transpired into her ambition to become a writer. She first tried her hand at blogging, which eventually led to her writing her first novel. She lives in South Africa, with her husband, son and two cocker spaniels.