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Melissa cries herself to sleep the first night...and the next....and the next. Is Melissa just homesick, or is there something deeper going on? What on earth can an angry fourteen-year-old and a retired English teacher have in common?
Number of Pages: 116
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Located in: Stuart, Florida
Submitted: February 08, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. Talking about myself isn't easy. I love stories, I love people, I love solitude. I have a heart for young people who are curious about their world, and searching for their place in it.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I lived in Atlanta I became aware of the abortion crisis. Heard a speaker, quite young, who discussed issues, forgotten issues, of the impact of abortion as birth control upon the siblings of the aborted children. I didn't intend to write a story about that, but it turned out this was the issue facing the characters in my head.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? As the pendulum is swinging back to a recognition and appreciation for human life, I hope we can continue to listen to each other with a healing embrace and recognize how our struggles connect us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Oddly, about fifteen years after writing this story, I am now a high school Lit/writing teacher. Was not among my ambitions to teach. Humorous that my first wisdom character in my first novel would be a retired English teacher.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Many, many...Madeleine L'Engle, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, the teller of Beowulf, Frederick Buechner, C. S. Lewis, Chris Carter, Vienna Teng, Loreena McKennit
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I believe it was C. S. Lewis who said something like, "We read to know we are not alone." I hope you enjoy the story...and I invite you to write your experience reading it...