Why I #AmWriting About PTSD

I was recently chatting online with some people about my work in progress, The Soldier’s Wife. I was telling them about my plans for the characters, and we started talking about my plans for Uriah. In the Bible, Uriah is a soldier. In my novel, he becomes Ryan, a special forces member who has come back from a recent deployment not quite himself. He’s struggling with PTSD, which is one of the contributing factors to the breakdown of his marriage to Barbara (Bathsheba).

One of the people raised this question: why give Ryan PTSD? It’s a good question. Here’s why. Continue reading “Why I #AmWriting About PTSD”

#BookReview: A Light in Bailey’s Harbor

A Light In Bailey's Harbor by [Baker, Bethany]Recently, I had the pleasure to spend an afternoon reading A Light in Bailey’s Harbor, by Bethany Baker (Follow her on Facebook here).

As the listing on Amazon reads, “Katy Kippling has an abundance of personality, or so she was told by a recent male acquaintance. Trying to conform to the etiquette of an 1880’s lady is difficult enough, without adding the challenges of having an abundance of personality.

Katy loves the Cana Island Lighthouse, serving her small lakeside town in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1880, the new lighthouse keeper arrives. While Katy imagines his stately captain’s beard and noble brow, Blake Strawberry, the new keeper, is quite the opposite.

Blake is a young man searching for something to heal the pain and heartaches of his past. By moving west and accepting this new position, he plans to forget all of his painful memories and disappointments. What he hasn’t counted on is that the Lord’s voice can be heard just as clearly in Wisconsin as in Massachusetts.”

A Light in Bailey’s Harbor was a pleasant afternoon read. I enjoyed the very interesting potential origin story of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”. While Katy Kippling is the main character, my personal favorite was her friend, a non-native English speaker who frequently spouted malapropisms in her endearing accent.

I wasn’t ready for A Light in Bailey’s Harbor to end; in fact, I double-checked my Kindle to be sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped more chapters. Alas, it was over, and so was my stay at the Wisconsin lighthouse. Why don’t you pick up a copy of the novel and go for a visit yourself?

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Five Things I Learned About Being A “Real” Author

We’re wrapping up 2017. It’s been a big year for me, personally and professionally. Publishing my first novel has taught me a lot that I never knew about literature–and that’s saying something, considering that I am a teacher of literature! Here are five things that I learned this year: Continue reading “Five Things I Learned About Being A “Real” Author”