Over the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about the “back stories” in my new novel, Her Mother’s Hope, which will be released on March 16.
Every story I have written has come from a question with which I’ve struggled or an issue in my life. This book (which became two books) started with the question of why my mother and grandmother were estranged later in life. Both were strong Christians, active in serving, and yet something built a wall between them at the end. When my grandmother had a stroke, my mother and father rushed to see her. Grandma died before they arrived. My mother said to me, “I think she willed herself to die just so we wouldn’t have the opportunity to talk things out.” She was deeply hurt and never got over it. Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s Dream were my way of working through the past, trying to find other possible reasons why things happened as they did. Marta and Hildemara are the main characters in the first novel, and both resemble my grandmother and mother – not just in the timeline of their lives, but in some of the events of their lives as well. These are the things I want to share with you in this blog.
Family relationships can be complex. We see through our own eyes. We are all sojourners in a strange land. May God light our way.