Friday Spotlight: Jax Cassidy

Power to inspire

I won’t lie– I have an agenda when it comes to writing. I’m a hopeless romantic and through writing romance I’m able to create feel-good stories with the happily-ever-after I would want to read. However, beyond the happy ending is my desire to make a difference. As an author, I have the ability to inform my readers about issues dear to my heart. I’m vocal about things that are important to me, such as my love for the environment and advocating the use of sustainable design, helping those in need, and volunteering for causes that make a difference. When I’m not writing, I try to lend a hand in whatever way that I can whether it’s fundraising, donating, or helping to mentor a new writer.

In the beginning of my career, I co-founded Romance Divas with a fellow author, Kristen Painter. We started writing romance around the same time and we didn’t have the proper resources to help guide us newbies. Frustrated with the lack of online resources, we decided that we would take advantage of the booming virtual universe while giving back to the writing community. We created a place that was writer friendly and a safe haven for those who needed the support from others who understood their struggles. We wanted a place we could forge an online family to help each other through the bad and good times. Romance Divas took off far beyond our imaginings and we were able to connect international writers together, nurture beginning writers, as well as being a promotional platform for established authors who needed the extra help. Our website won numerous awards during its first four months of creation and the rest is…well, history. Now, it didn’t take much to launch an online writer’s website and discussion forum but the point is that everyone has the ability to make a difference.

Kristen and I were just two people but we were able to make an impact that counted. Every time I attend a conference, it’s a pleasant surprise to meet our members face-to-face and there’s no denying the instant camaraderie. The years of online interaction had produced lifelong friendships among our members that wouldn’t have happened without an accessible venue. What is the point I’m making? Basically, everything comes full circle. What we provide as a service to others we hope our members pass on the same knowledge to someone else. Writing is a solitary journey and as writers we have the power to inspire others by just a simple act. Kindness goes a long way and it doesn’t cost a thing. If we continue with the belief that we can make a difference, that we can offer a hand, who knows what good could come out of all this? I dare you to make a difference.

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