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Number of Pages: 225
Vendor: Golden Apple Greetings
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 4.25 X 7.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hearts in Harmony
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Located in: Hartford, Michigan
Submitted: January 23, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. As a lifelong resident of Michigan who grew up in a large family, I discovered the world of reading, and writing, as a small child. I always knew I would be a writer someday; but I never found time, in a full and busy life until, as a retired grandmother, I knew God was pushing me to get on with it, already! After a few futile attempts on my own, He began to inspire me toward this type of stories. Not autobiographical, because they would not be about me. But I started with a few scenes from the past, and then asked myself "What if?" and "What then?" until mixtures of true and imaginary events, characters and scenes took on realities of their own, until I could use them to illustrate important lessons from my walk with the Lord.
What was your motivation behind this project? In my Hearts in Harmony Series, I have sought to touch the lives and hearts of my readers. I have woven a simple Christian message into each book, written for avid readers who want to share the journeys through these pages, finding adventure, history, romance and inspiration in each one.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Trusting the Lord was a major theme in the first book in the series, A Song for Matilda. It is a story of love during the Great Depression era. Family music, which played a big part in their lives, seemed to help keep the family's hearts in harmony, giving me the series title. The second book, Margaret's Mandolin, follows the family through another decade. It's theme is Love: What is sincere, lasting love and what is infatuation? In Rosemary's Rhapsody, forgiveness and reconciliation are the most important issues that I believe everyone needs to learn about. I have spoken to groups about this theme, and hope readers will understand the far-reaching affects in unforgiving families, for so many and for perhaps entire lives. I am presently working on a fourth book for the series, which continues this and deals with how we can often learn from the past and pass on valuable examples for future generations. It presents an expansive view of prior and future contributions, decades before and after the years covered in these books. I hope some of them will contact me through my publisher, with comments about the books.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I found that I learned more about what I needed to say as the stories unfolded. I have grown spiritually from the writing of the series, and hope that readers will too. I believe that in well written fiction, every reader may get something different from it, drawing from it familiar feelings and learning what they most need to learn from the journey.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Aside from some of my own family members, whom I have used for photographic illustrations in spite of the dissimilarities of the fictional characters, I brought other long deceased relatives, neighbors and movie stars to combine for brand new characters, just as Mark Twain did for his. I was also inspired by Janette Oke, Laura Engels Wilder,Mellissa Gilbert, Hilda Stahl,(whom I once met) Louisa Mae Alcott, and Sarah Plain and Tall.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalms 119:105 "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path"