St. Patrick’s Day is next week and my latest romantic suspense, DEADLY DECEPTION, comes out on that day. I hope it’s a lucky book, but at the very least, the release date is easy to remember.
Superstitions and lucky charms—where would humans be without them? Cameron Diaz believes she would age faster without her special charm necklace. Madonna and Britney Spears wear red strings on their wrists supposedly to ward off negative energy from others who want to sabotage their success. Literary legend Isabel Allende began writing her first published book on January 8, so that’s the day she’s started all subsequent books as well. The list goes on and on.
One of my previous books had a superstitious heroine. In my Super Agent novel, PROOF OF LIFE, Brigit is of Irish decent and believes strongly in lucky charms. She wears four-leaf clover jewelry, carries a rabbit’s foot, and has a tattoo depicting a rainbow on her lower back. Since I love lucky charms – I even eat a bowl of the so-named cereal regularly – I had a blast giving Brigit the same penchant for superstition and luck.
Lucky charms come in all shapes and sizes. Coins, rocks, angels, dragonflies, ladybugs, horseshoes…you name it, someone believes in it. I have a compass my hubby gave me a long time ago that I carry with me as my lucky charm. That way if I get lost, I’ll be able to find my way back to him.
As PROOF OF LIFE progresses, Brigit is able to shift her belief in lucky charms to something stronger – love. For many of us, that’s the real luck in whatever charm we carry, because where there is love, there is always hope…and in the end, isn’t that what a lucky charm or superstition gives us? Hope that we’ll be protected from evil, that we’ll be successful in our endeavors, that we’ll find our way home.
I believe books can be lucky charms as well. As Maya Angelou once said, “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” That’s the type of *luck* I hope each of my stories provides my readers…transforming their real world into an adventuresome fictional world for a few hours.
To close, I’ll share this short and sweet Irish wish…
Wherever you go and whatever you do
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.
Do you have a lucky charm or superstition? How has it helped you?