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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2000
Availability: In Stock
For every woman who has come into her own or is striving to find her way in the world, Katrina's Wings honors and explores the desire to break free from childhood constraints and soar into the future. A tale of redemption, love, and triumph set entirely in the Deep South, Patricia Hickman's novel offers an intimate, occasionally painful, and frequently humorous glimpse into the lives of two sisters who take different paths in life, yet wind up at the same discovery: Miracles show up in the most unexpected places.
Praise for Patricia Hickman and Katrina's Wings from other best-selling authors:
"I was captivated by Katrina's Wings, an irresistible novel with unique charm and depth. This is Ms. Hickman's absolute best!" —Robin Lee Hatcher
"The pain of growing up is dramatized skillfully by Hickman, and by the time
Katrina reaches her goal, the reader has identified with her. A fine treatment of the growth of an artist-and of a human being!" —Gilbert Morris
"Katrina's Wings takes the reader on a journey through the introspective places of the soul to a place where love is launched and faith begins." —Karen Kingsbury
"Keep some tissues handy, and be prepared to laugh as well. Beautiful language,
fascinating characters moving about the pages, and a richly woven story make this a delightful read!" —Lawana Blackwell
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Located in: North Carolina
Submitted: June 19, 2000
Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley and used this beautiful area as he setting for the fictional town of Mockingbird Valley. After learning the craft of Christian fiction from best-selling author Gilbert Morris, I wrote quite a few of the very popular historicals but always wanted to do something that took readers deeper into the character's psyche. I wanted to write a work of passion. Four years ago, I began developing the quirky, sometimes funny, but always poignant Hurley family. That is how Katrina's Wings began.
What was your motivation behind this project? I also had a strong desire to develop a potent sisterhood theme--a realistic sister's journey, if you will, that portrays sisters as they are in real life: fiercely loyal, and forever on a seesaw of love/hate emotions. From that germ of an idea sprang Katrina's sister, Eden Hurley. Eden lives life on the edge. "Eden's boyfriend looks to be a future candidate for an Arkansas penitentiary," says one reviewer for Romantic Times Magazine (who gave KW high praises). I have a sister myself and I believe that we tend to think that we sisters are opposites with differing needs, but the truth is that we are women with the same desires to find love, be loved, be nurtured, and feel acceptable and worthwhile as women. But it's when sisters fail one another in living up to the other's expectations that conflicts arise. This sisterhood theme created a wonderful stew of raw feelings, disappointment, and moments of hilarity. From all of that arose Katrina's wonderful philosophic nature. For me, Katrina's Wings has been the work of passion I hoped for.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I never want to use fiction as my own personal pulpit. Drama loses it's wonderful zest if we try and force it into an agenda. So as I prayerfully approached this project, my hope and my vision was the same as it is in all of my books--to write a book that the Holy Spirit can use to say something different to every reader based upon their past, their current circumstances or dilemmas, and their hopes for the future. In this instance, I used the coming-of-age format to allow the protagonist, Katrina Hurley to eventually reach from her troubled childhood into the future and touch her own fingertips and find that, in spite of her emotionally charged surroundings, she turned out more than "just fine." She found the wings that she so desperately had sought after and used them to soar into her future. Who doesn't desire to be lifted out of a mundane existence, a frustrating life and find solid ground? Katrina's Wings is intended to fly deeper into the readers' heart and mind and connect with their soul.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I believe I've been greatly influenced by many authors. First of all, the Lord sent me across Gil & Johnnie Morris' doorstep to help set me on a realistic course as an author. Francine Rivers spoke into my life a few years ago and gave me the courage to patiently pursue excellence as well as God's leading. Then all of the wonderful authors who have inspired me over the years took their rightful place in my writing style, my vision for writing, and so forth. I've been greatly influenced by secular authors whom I call Great American Authors--men and women who strive for literary excellence while at the same time providing a thrilling read. I'm always striving for excellence and know that I could never be happy churning out books in some formulatic book-mill fashion. So I hope the readers are patient with me. I would rather write one meaningful book a year, rather than three mediocre ones. The readers deserve the best I can offer.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I love to hear from readers, so feel free to contact me through my web site at www.PatriciaHickman.org or through the publisher's address inside the book itself. While I so appreciate the kindness and praise of my critics, it is the readers I must please and so I welcome any comments you may have about my newest baby-Katrina's Wings. CBD is offering KW at a better-than-competitive price, so take advantage while you're browsing through their diverse cyber- bookstore and drop a copy of Katrina's Wings in your shopping cart. Then let me know what you think! Blessings in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Patricia Hickman