Living and Writing through Tough Issues-Free Novella
The reason I started writing my first novel was to debunk some of the shame associated with anxiety disorders and other mental diseases. The story developed from my experience with the onset of panic attacks in my mid-thirties. In writing that book, I found that I worked through some of my own faith questions. And then…sort of like that children’s story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…one thing led to another, and I began other stories where I wrestled with emotionally painful issues that I or others I’d known had endured. Writing allowed me to voice my questions to God and learn through my characters’ struggles how to find and offer hope. My prayer is to follow where the Lord leads when I write. I don’t know how long the stories will come, but it’s been an amazing journey with Him and the friends (like y’all) that I’ve made along the way.
Here are a few of the emotional journeys I’ve been on with my characters:
Leaving Oxford: Living with an anxiety disorder. Making ethical decisions in one’s career.
Going Up South: Betrayal by a spouse and a parent. Sharing custody of a child.
Tackling the Fields: The emotional aftermath of date rape. The loss of identity and a dream.
Blown Together: I originally intended this book just to be fun, but ended up dealing with caring for the elderly or a parent. Also becoming one’s own man/person despite a controlling parent.
Magnolia Storms: The emotional aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Where is God when our prayers don’t seem to be answered the way we’d hoped?
Falling for Grace: Divorce. The loss of an infant.
I’m currently editing on a novel dealing with addiction. I’m writing another novel dealing with the aftermath of child abuse and “church-hurt.”
If you’ve read any of my novels which are set in the Southern part of the U.S., you know that I try to interject humor into each of these stories where I can, despite the heavy topics, hence my tagline: Faith, Humor, Romance ~ Southern Style
My novella Falling for Grace is free right now, and I’d love to hear what you think about it! (You can also get Leaving Oxford free when you sign up for my newsletter, if you missed it in the past, here )
Let’s hear from you! What emotional or faith journeys would you like to read about?