Traveling with Mom

Next week Rick and I are taking our daughter, Shannon and her two kids to Washington, DC, and I can hardly wait. Getting ready to go has brought back memories of traveling with my mom and dad.  Both wanted me and my brother to see the country – which meant every National Park they could …

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Title Trakk Interview

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Her Mother’s Hope

Her Mother’s Hope is now in stores!   Yesterday, Rick and I had a few minutes to spare and ducked into Barnes and Noble.  And there it was, on the front table!  I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent writing Marta and Hildemara’s story.  I hope you will love them as much as I do.    I …

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Early Titles

Every book has a “working title”.  Her Mother’s Hope had several.   The first one, Floodwaters, fit what I was feeling when I started working on the story:  drowning in memories, being swept toward the sea.  In other words, I was way over my head.  Would I find the answers I was seeking?   I held Mom …

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Differing Views of Faith

While working on the story, I saw how four generations viewed faith differently.  My grandmother thought “God helps those who help themselves.”  Grandma knew she would have to leave Switzerland if she wanted a better life.  So she set out on her own.  She made her way in the world through fierce determination and hard …

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Journaling

My mother kept a diary.  She had a favorite fountain pen and bought a new hardbound journal every year and seldom missed a day.  When dying of breast cancer, she walked me through her house and asked what I would like to have.  I asked for her journals.  They are the most important part of …

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Making Amends

Her Mother’s Hope started with something Mom said shortly after Grandma died.  After Grandma had a stroke, Mom and Dad drove south, speeding to be at her side.  She died before they arrived, and Mom said, “I think she willed herself to die so we couldn’t talk things out.”  Mom and Grandma had been estranged …

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