Story Behind the Story
SEASON FOR GRACE
my other career, I'm an elementary school teacher.
Some years ago my principal asked me to remain in
the hallway after school for a few minutes. Social
Services was on the way to pick up three of our students.
My job was to meet the case worker and direct her
to the office. As long as I live, I will remember
the scene inside that room. Three children, one stoic
and resigned, one furious and fighting, and the last
one silently crying are imprinted on my memory forever.
I've never been able to forget them. I've often wondered
what happened to them, where they are now. They haunted
me until the only way I could find closure was to
create a story for each one, and of course, to give
them the happy endings every child deserves.
so pleased to bring this heartfelt series to you.
I hope you fall in love with each one of "my
boys" in THE BROTHERS' BOND.
VERY SPECIAL DELIVERY
idea for this book first came to me out of the blue
several years ago. At the time I had never met anyone
who had lost a child to SIDS. Then a terrible thing
happened. I had written the first chapter and was
fiddling with the rest of the plot when my niece's
baby boy suddenly died in his sleep, a tiny victim
to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The pain for the
entire family was so excruciating that I felt it inappropriate
to finish the story at that time. I put it away only
to come back to it recently. The resulting book in
no way resembles the experience of my own family other
than the terrible feeling of shock and loss and grief.
And, of course, of the healing that only God can bring
in such a tragedy.
BEAUTY FOR ASHES
the Barbour anthology LESSONS
OF THE HEART
BEAUTY FOR ASHES was one of those stories
that hung around inside my head for years before coming
to life on the page. During my nursing career I worked
with a lovely, young RN who was married to her high
school sweetheart. They longed for a baby to complete
their happy home, but my friend was diagnosed with
uterine cancer and lost her ability to ever bear a
child of her own. Even though she regained her health
and was cancer free, adoption agencies considered
her a bad risk because of her medical history. So,
she never had a child, naturally or by adoption, and
her heart was broken because of it.
years, her story haunted me, tormented me. I know
how much my children mean to me. Finally, I realized
that, while I could never solve the problem in real
life, I could create a happy ending for a fictional
character who faced the same heartache. And that's
exactly what I did. The result was the very personally
satisfying story of Amy and Garret in BEAUTY FOR ASHES.
BY THE BABY
Cancer is a
scary disease to most of us. When that disease invades
a child, it seems especially abhorrent and obscene.
When I first considered writing MIRACLE FOR MEGAN,
which was later renamed SAVED
BY THE BABY, the idea was entirely from my own
imagination. But almost as soon as I started the book,
my daughter told me about some friends of hers whose
adopted son was waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
Sam's problem was unique. Adopted from Latvia, his
chance of finding a matching donor was very slim.
His parents even went to Latvia in a futile search
for relatives who might provide the gift of bone marrow
to their son.
story set me to thinking about minority children in
general. I live in Oklahoma, a state with a large
population of Native Americans, and yet the bone marrow
registry is woefully short of donors for, not only
Indians, but all minorities.
SAVED BY THE
BABY tells the story of one mother's desperate attempt
to save her daughter's life. And while this book is
a category romance, intended for entertainment, I
hope it also touches hearts and increases interest
in bone marrow and stem cell donation so that more
children may beat the deadly disease of cancer.
the way, little Sam finally found a donor. Though
he suffered with graft vs. host disease and a number
of other complications from not having a close relative
donor, he continues to thrive nearly two years after
the transplant that saved his life. This time, real
life had a happy ending too!
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