Lindi here! Exciting news-we have a guest blogger today!
In my November post I shared a photo with you and talked with you about beginnings.
Here’s Christy and I with the other F.A.I.T.H. Ladies
So many years ago, but here we are today, blogging together again.
Christy has been (and still is) a sweet friend who has an amazing gift with words. I remember reading Hope Between Us years ago. I loved the story and her writing. I”m so thrilled she’s a published author now with this story.
I was excited when she agreed to guest blog today. I’ve read the book and it’s fabulous. All the emotions, tears, laughter.
Hello! I am thrilled to be here on Inspy Romance! Special thanks to Lindi for having me here. Today is actually my dear grandmother’s birthday. She passed away in 1998. Her name was Margaret and if she were still alive she would be 102 years old! I’d like to take a moment to wish my sweet granny a very happy, heavenly birthday. This article is dedicated to you.
My grandmother was instrumental in steering me toward creative writing. She was an avid reader. When I was about ten, my mother and Granny were watching Gone with the Wind (GWTW) on television. I loved how beautiful the characters appeared on screen. The period costume still interests me. I love the idea of men in suits and ladies in hoop skirts. Never mind that I have never had a seventeen inch waist! Eventually, my grandmother bought the book for me. I tried to read it. At the time, it was too much to absorb. I wasn’t interested in it enough to get through the whole thing. I knew how it ended and I didn’t like that sad conclusion. So, I did what any other normal future-writer-kid does, I attempted to re-write the book. I took to it, using Granny’s electric typewriter. I clicked away on that thing for months… No telling how much paper I wasted.
Advice new writers receive is “write what you know.” This can be true, to an extent. Most of my stories involve things I haven’t experienced… and some things I have experienced – sort of. With my debut novel, Hope Between Us, I had to do a little research to make sure medical references resembled current procedures. I leaned on my cousin Elizabeth, who is a nurse with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and quizzed her on current procedures. I watched YouTube videos of parents who shared their children’s experience with blood disorders and cancers. I researched blogs and journals.
In 2004, my husband and I were involved in a car accident. My husband had to stay in the hospital for three weeks. During that time, I stayed at his bedside. I’ve never been much of a nurse, even when I worked at the hospital, so I spent many hours reading in between helping care for my husband. I was already dabbling in writing at that time, but had not started pursuing it. During our time in the hospital, an idea formed for a story that involved a car accident. Hmm… Then I started asking myself questions of what if? Those ideas eventually became a story. I can tell you the story never made it to publication in that original form.
Speaking of cars, ideas usually come to me when I’m driving. I’m inspired by scenery and music. Unique individuals I’ve crossed paths with in life inspire me. I’ve been inspired by an odometer reading I saw while I was at my day job! I’m not sure what it is about me and cars, but there’s definitely a connection there!
Some may think that sounds a little crazy. I’d have to agree, but that’s the way a writer’s mind works. I like to think that it’s God, nudging me. He does that a lot. Sometimes I’ll feel an urge to do something, go somewhere, or call someone. If I don’t follow through, I’ll regret it. And then I’ll say, yes Lord, I should have listened to You.
My first book, Hope Between Us, released in November of 2019. I can assure you that I prayed a plenty through the making of this book. Its journey began 10+ years ago and what it looks like now is very different than the original nugget that I started with. Remember the car accident story I mentioned? This story is one of the flowers that grew from that branch.
To celebrate the release, I’d like to give away a copy, so be sure and leave me a comment and include that you’d like a copy of the book. If you’d like to keep up with me after today, please sign up for my newsletter at christylashea.com and say hello on one of my social media pages.
Lindi here: Make sure to welcome Christy in the comments for a chance to win her book. Her cover is gorgeous too. You’ll see the cover come to life in the beginning chapters of the book.
And piggy-backing off her post, have you read GWTW? If so have you read it more than once? (hand raised! Probably looking for a different ending like Christy mentioned!)
Aimee McClain returns home to Point Peace, Georgia, hoping for a fresh start. She wants to find a new treatment for her seven-year-old son’s Aplastic Anemia. After the devastating loss of her parents and her husband Aimee can’t lose someone else she loves, but as a single mom with limited resources, she’s running out of time and her son’s life is at stake.
Ever since being behind the wheel the night his best friend died, Seth Garrett works hard to help people. He is a coach and a teacher, he helps his parents, he feels like his debt of sorry will never be paid. At first, Aimee is just another person who Seth can help, but soon he realizes her trouble is a lot more than fixing an old car.
The Kevin Ridley Walk/Run, an event Seth started ten years earlier to honor his best friend, has garnered statewide attention and continues to raise money for underprivileged youth. When Aimee’s family asks Seth to help her organize a bone marrow drive and fundraiser for her son, he jumps at the chance to help the pretty widow and her adorable child.
Aimee, fighting to make ends meet in the face of Luke’s illness and single parenthood, doesn’t like this interception with Seth. He may not remember her now, but Aimee knows in time the truth of Seth’s accident will come out. How can they continue a relationship, build a new life together, with this between them?
ACFW Genesis Winner and multi-contest finalist, Christy has always enjoyed entertaining others. Christy wrote her first book, a mystery, while in seventh grade. Currently, Christy writes heartwarming southern romance, novels set in her home state of Georgia. Married to her high school sweetheart, Christy has a daughter, a son, and four fur-babies: Thomas: a nosey German Shepherd; Josie-Bobo: an adorable English Bulldog; and last but never least, Twitter and Ranger, two very loud Parakeets.
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