We authors talk a lot about incorporating universal truth. More readers can relate to what we write if the book contains a universal truth. When I wrote Safe in His Arms, I thought Margaret's dislike of her personal appearance was a universal truth for Americans who are my core readers. I just got back a week ago from Cambodia, and I discovered women there share the same feelings of inferiority over our appearance.
I was at a slum camp. (Seeing five year old children sort trash to earn money was a life changing day for me.) After Pastor spoke, we gave out some food and stood around talking. An older lady approached and knelt down to stroke my foot. She was admiring my paler skin, and our interpreter told me pale skin is highly regarded in Cambodia. I bent down to touch her arm and told her I preferred her warm colored skin. She smiled, but I'm sure she didn't believe me, though it's the truth. :)
As I walked away, I realized the human condition transcends national borders and cultures. It's in our natures, hard as that is to wrap my head around. It made me more conscious than ever of universal truth. I'm going to be starting a new book soon. Any universal truths you'd love to see covered in a book?