Two years ago, I began writing. When our family drove past a farmhouse on a highway coming home from vacation, the first idea for a novel came to me. The story flowed easily, and the Holy Spirit filled me with such joy during the writing process. However, as I edited the book, it felt like vanilla ice cream. Too plain. A tad too predictable.
But the love of writing was ignited, and I continued. The idea for novel number two came when I saw a Central Illinois fish truck in Springfield- which is landlocked and not known for its seafood.
Telling the story of sports-loving, seafood store owner, Mackenzie McCormick, was fun. And, I thought that would be “the book” to kick off my career. Yet, while I was waiting for beta readers to finish sending me suggestions, I began penning the story of Danielle Davison, a thirty-three-year-old social worker working in the capitol city of Springfield, Illinois, and I fell in love with the characters and where they were headed.
So, my third book, Facing Love, has become my debut novel. It follows a year in the life of Danielle, along with politician James Patton, medical transcriber Hawk Adams, and a six-year-old foster child, Nevaeh. The idea for this story came to me in a dream-literally. I jotted the ideas on a piece of paper and tucked it into a folder I keep for such things.
Although the story didn’t end up playing out exactly like the dream, it was enough of a springboard to get me started. And now, almost a year later, it is ready to be released. Facing Love will be available on Amazon starting Wednesday, August 12th, and is offered in electronic and paperback versions.
Carl Sandburg said, “nothing happens unless first a dream.” So, it is the case with both my writing career and the publishing of Facing Love. Writing has been a source of joy for me in a year that has been tumultuous. And it’s given me hope that even as I age, I can find new adventures-even if some of them are imaginary. Keep dreaming friends!