This is my twelfth “book baby” and one was stillborn 😦 At times I still wonder if that first struggle to write a book could be brought back to life? It had a rather strange title–“How to Bring about Change Without Everybody Getting Mad at You?” I guess it didn’t fly then, because I couldn’t find the answer. The manuscript was all about being hurt — and what the people who were mad at me–and my husband–did. Maybe when I turn ninety (next February) I will haul it off the shelf and read through those typed pages again. I suspect the answer would come as I read. God has certainly given me more insight and understanding of relationships after almost fifty more years of living!
I’m not having a big launch party for The Queen’s Daughters. It’s not that she isn’t worth it — my, the adventures Katharine Bushnell and Bess Andrews had in India should keep my readers awake! When they both got stuck in Peshawar at the end of the Kyber pass (from Kabul,Afghanistan) I had a hard time getting them out of there myself.
The launch of a twelfth book is something like launching the fifth child in a family. Relatives visit and send cards and gifts when the first grandchild is born– and in this century the cellphone lines are hot with baby pictures. But my fifth baby started life on the road in the back bedroom of our 42-foot trailer as we traveled across the country meeting people and speaking in churches about our youth work in South Africa. In one church a dear lady felt sorry for our baby, and offered to take him home and care for him the whole week we were there!! (I wish she knew what a godly, sensitive, caring man he turned out to be, and how much he was and is loved by the whole family!)
Well, back to — THE QUEEN’S DAUGHTERS. She’s my twelfth and fulfills my dream of birthing a book that will challenge readers with Kate’s passion and risk-taking efforts to overcome injustice.
Tomorrow– September 1– is the day. If you enjoyed Daughters of Deliverance you’ll be eager to read the sequel, The Queen’s Daughters. Please write a review at the bottom of the book’s page in Amazon–it helps so much to get the word out to others!