I love all the stories I write. They came out of my brain, so it makes sense that I love them too. But some stories hold a bigger piece of my heart than others.
Out of all of my books, I do have a favorite. This particular story was on my mind before I finished my first book. It’s a story I fought against writing but also a story I felt strongly needed to be told.
This was the book I felt more confident in my writing. This was also the book I struggled to finish. This was the book I was worried people wouldn’t read. And this was the book I thought might be criticized because it dealt with tough topics.
A Half Made Whole is my favorite book. What makes it even more special to me is that there are bits and pieces of people I know–their personal stories–woven into the words on the pages. Romance isn’t always pretty or perfect. Sometimes it’s hard, and I wanted people to see this story unfold and know there is hope.
When I started writing A Half Made Whole, I never intended it to become part of a series. It was one-and-done…until I finished it. Then I started thinking about a couple of the side characters, and they had a story too. Still, I only wanted to write standalone books. That’s what I set out to do. But this idea of creating a world where books and characters overlap became intriguing.
It’s funny how God can push you to places you never dreamed of when you trust Him. He put friends in my path who kept encouraging me to “write the series.” He also gave me more stories to write. Now I have a series of characters who could be your best friend, sister, or neighbor, and they go through real-life struggles just like you and I.
Do you have any favorites? I love hearing stories of how a book sticks with a reader and what makes it special to you.
A Half Made Whole:
Our lives were forever changed…
I was living the dream until a misstep ended my career, and now I’m half the man I used to be. If I can’t fight fires, I don’t even know who I am. But my new occupational therapist is determined to help me figure it out.
Leighton is beautiful—inside and out. She’s also smart as a whip, and she believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. Amazingly, the more time I spend with her and her adorable daughter, the more hopeful I become.
But falling in love with Leighton is a terrible idea, right? She’s still healing from the loss of her husband, and it’s her job to help me recover from my injury. We can’t blur these lines. If we do, we might end up even more broken than before.
Then again, Leighton has this way of making me feel like anything is possible. She makes me feel like we can be whole again. Together. If I can learn to love the new me, can she let herself love me back even if it means risking her heart?