5 Things I learned about Love and Life from Maere cu Llwyr

Every writer has heard about characters that come to life. You know, the ones who take over your novel and dictate what should be going on with them? I honestly never believed that stuff. Of course, when I was first told this, I was also a sporadic storyteller, flitting from one project to the next.

And then I found my focus and started writing. I mean, seriously writing. No longer toying with words here and there, but really digging in. And that’s when it happened. They actually did start informing me about who they were and what they wanted. This is where Maere cu Llwyr comes in. She’s the heroine of my latest publication by LBF Books, Pagan Fire.

Maere is a strong woman, fiercely protective of the people she loves. She’s also a healer and takes special care of those who hurt. Here’s what she taught me about love and life during the course of writing her story in Pagan Fire:


1. Be Strong
I suspect this will sound like a cliché, but there truly is beauty in strength. A woman who carries herself with confidence and the knowledge that she really is ‘all that’ is infinitely sexy. Ask any guy. They’ll tell you the same.

2. Go after what you want

Having dreams is great. As a matter of fact, I find it’s essential to my very existence. And one of my dreams is living a life in love. Maere has taught me that if this is what I want, then I need to go after it. After all, no one owns my life but me.

3. Take a Risk

Love isn’t for sissies. If you really care for someone, suck it up and let them know. Yes, there’s always the chance they may not return the feeling, but how are you going to know if you don’t put yourself out there?

4. Follow your Instincts

There’s an old saying, the heart knows what it wants. For Maere, it’s her gut that tells her when something is right or wrong. She feels it deep in the very essence of her being. She makes her decisions and goes forward without looking back. She does not second guess herself. If ever there was a lesson I needed to learn, it’s this one.

5. Open your Heart

Keeping an open heart is perhaps the hardest – and greatest – lesson for me. When the heart is closed, there’s no way for love to find its way in. Believe me, I know this from experience. So what did Maere teach me? To stand tall with my shoulders back and face the world head on. When you lead with your heart, everything else falls into place.













Teri Barnett is a writer, artist, and designer currently living in Indiana. Her publications include Pagan Fire (a paranormal historical romance), Through the Mists of Time (a historical time travel romance) and Shadow Dreams (a paranormal historical romance), all published by LBF Books/Lachesis Publishing. For more information, including where to find her novels, please visit her on the web at

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments are closed.