Today, I’m welcoming my guest Amy R. Anguish. I recently had the pleasure of editing Amy’s book, Saving Grace. I love this story, love the characters, plus there’s humor and plenty of swoon worthy moments. And I’m not just saying that because I’m biased. I’ve been a friends to romance fan for years. Here’s Amy:
Life in Fiction by Amy R. Anguish
Have you ever gone through a traumatic experience in your life and then, even after it’s over, have it hover on the edge of your subconscious? My husband and I had to wait for six and a half years to get pregnant. Not by choice, either. We found out we’d need to take extra measures the same week my husband lost his job, after more than a year of trying the “natural” way.
Of course, when a husband loses a job, you don’t keep trying. So, several years were lost to lack of funds. Then, once we’d settled in a new place and paid down our debt, we started over. We were living in Tyler, Texas at the time, and there are no fertility specialists there. Which meant we had to drive to the north side of Dallas several times a month for half of 2013. And then, all those treatments didn’t work.
Needless to say, when I participated in Nanowrimo that fall, infertility was in the back of my mind. But I didn’t want to write about it. I’d dealt with that in the book I wrote the year before, Faith and Hope.
Instead, I wanted to write a story about two friends who fell in love. It started with me wondering what would happen if a guy, Greg, had been in love with his best friend Michelle his whole life, but when she moves back home, she brings a baby she’s wanting to adopt. I had no idea Greg’s sister was having infertility problems. Not until they were all at lunch together in one scene and the sister announced it.
That wasn’t the story I meant to write.
And yet, as I continued, I knew it was the direction the narrative should follow. Because it was still a huge part of me. And how would I feel as the sister, having to watch my friend attempting to adopt this baby when she’s not even married yet and I can’t even get pregnant after so many years of marriage?
It was conflict the story needed. And it gave more depth, too. One more angle.
That story, Saving Grace, is releasing next week, and I’m so glad to finally be able to share it with you.
I’m also happy to say that I was able to get pregnant early that next year and have two beautiful children now, who keep me hopping and busy. But looking back, I’m glad I can use that angst and frustration and stress and depression and hopelessness of the time we were struggling. I can give my stories and characters more depth and reality, because I already lived it.
And if I can bring someone hope through retelling my story a piece here and a part there, then I’m very blessed indeed. And I love seeing how God has used some of the bad times in my life to bring about new good.
Author of An Unexpected Legacy, Faith and Hope, and Saving Grace
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good. Learn more and connect:
And check out the YouTube channel she does with two other authors: Once Upon a Page
About the book – Saving Grace:
What if saving Grace doesn’t mean what she thinks it does?
Michelle Wilson’s one goal in life was to become a top journalist at the local paper back in her hometown of Cedar Springs, AR. But on the way to bringing that dream to reality, a life-changing wreck interrupts Michelle’s plans and adds an orphaned baby into the mix. Now, she has tough decisions ahead—did God put her in that accident to save baby Grace? And if so, why is it so hard to convince everyone else she should be the baby’s new mommy?
Greg Marshall has been Michelle’s best friend his whole life. He’s thrilled she’s moving back home, but not so sure about her sudden desire to be a single mom. His feelings for her have grown through the years, but she’s never seemed to notice. Can he help Michelle with the adoption and grow their relationship at the same time?
Preorder now: Saving Grace – Amazon (Releases Oct 6th)
Answer one or all of these questions to enter the drawing for a copy of Saving Grace (Winner’s choice print or digital). Have you ever seen God use something bad and turn it good? As a writer, do you have things pop up out of nowhere in your writing because it’s in the back of your mind due to real life? As a reader, can you tell when an author is including real life experience? Deadline: Oct 8th.