Rescue and Restoration through Creativity

By Kathie Bennett

To those who insist they don’t have a creative bone in their body, bestselling women’s fiction author Marie Bostwick says, “Nonsense.”

Bostwick believes the need for artistic expression is woven tightly into the human DNA. Why? “Put any group of five year-olds into a room with paper and crayons, and they’ll start creating art. And not just creating it but sharing it, insisting that others stop to enjoy and appreciate what they’ve made.”

Sadly, Bostwick says, that inclination starts to fade as children age and fall prey to creativity crushing tendencies of comparison and competition, “But the seeds are planted from birth. The difference between artists and everybody else is that artists have either held onto them, or figured out how to restore them.” 

As a novelist, Bostwick understands how fear can stifle creative instincts. “Nothing is more terrifying than typing the words ‘Chapter One’,” she says. “Writing a book is an audacious undertaking, so is every creative act. The world tells people, especially women, that they have nothing worth sharing but that simply isn’t true.” 

Themes of rescue and restoration that accompany creativity are a common thread in Bostwick’s eighteen novels, including The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, to be released by William Morrow in March of 2021. Crafting the character of Celia, an advice columnist who returns to Charleston after losing her job, and discovers community, family secrets, and her true self as she restores her ancestral home, forced Bostwick to confront her own fears about the audacity of creativity and the risks of revealing who you truly are.     

But taking that risk and pushing past the fear is worth it, Bostwick says. “The act of creating is how we restore and rescue of our true selves. It’s how we rediscover the person we were always meant to be.”

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