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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.78 (inches)|
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Submitted: July 31, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a wife, mom and writer. And that means--BUSY. Like most moms. I also have a wacky imagination. And so I write. And I love it.
What was your motivation behind this project? Like many folks, I remember the first landing on the moon and watched it with awe while lying on my parents gold shag carpet. I wondered what it would be like if someone didn't have fond memories of that event. And my character Bryn was born.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First I hope readers will be entertained by the story and characters. And I hope they will be prodded to think about their own life and if something in their past is holding them back. If so, I hope they can let it go.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was writing this book during the late winter and early spring that my father passed away. It was a difficult time for me and my family, things I had to let go of in order to move on, and this book helped me to do that.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? God is my main source of inspiration. I pray over every project many, many times. God often reveals to me what I need to know at a certain time during the writing process. And somehow the book gets finished. My husband and kids are also a great source of strength and encouragement to me.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: God is good. Always.