I haven’t really talked about my life and upbringing too much, but I think I need to touch on it as I approach the release of my next book. Ooh, that sounds kinda ominous. Let me try again.
My father was the lay speaker in our church when I was growing up and he headed up the local chapter of the Yoke Fellowship Prison Ministry. I joke that I grew up one step away from being a PK. When I was in college, there was a large group of born-again Christians who, God bless them, always wanted to know when you came to God. I didn’t remember a time in my life when God wasn’t a part of it. Sure, I remembered when I accepted Christ as my savior in my neighbor’s basement following a Good News Club meeting and when I dedicated my life to God after watching a movie about the rapture at church, but that didn’t seem to be what they wanted. I felt lacking, like their faith was greater than mine because they had gone through a period of time without it. I allowed a seed of doubt, not in God but in myself, to be planted. I faced my first spiritual crisis at 19.
I felt the need to share this because in my upcoming book, Mrs. Collins’ Lover, I am placing my heroine in a similar position. Writing this book has been an emotional roller-coaster for me and has dredged up a lot of memories. That first attempt upon my faith was not the last, but each struggle has lifted me to a higher level of faith. As I began this project, there were several songs that I heard each Sunday which encouraged me along the way. I wanted to share a video from service this morning as another song was added to my list, but my website didn’t like my video quality, or size, or something. Instead, here is the link to the original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3B1oWrN4Tg
In the upcoming weeks, I will be sharing bits and pieces about the story and our heroine’s journey along with more songs which have inspired me through this process. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them and will try to respond within a day or two. Any delays are because I am trying very hard to finish this so I can move on to other projects. As some of you may know, I blog monthly at AustenAuthors.net and my January post was about my ambitious goals of publishing four books in the next two years as well as searching for an agent for another project. In order to reach these goals, I must stay focused and just keep writing!
Talk to you again soon!!