I am so pleased to have my sweet friend, fellow Alley Cat, and TREMENDOUS encourager, Casey Herringshaw as my guest today. Many of you may already know Casey from her beautiful blog, Writing for Christ, or her wonderful author blog, Operation: Encourage An Author.
If you’ve been blessed by the lovely personality of this young lady, let me introduce you to something else about her.
Yes, we get tastes of her writing on her blogs, but today I want to give you a hint behind her story-making.
Case, what was your Love at First Thought?
It was ever so simple.
I wanted to write a contemporary novel. After dabbling in historical fiction I wanted a change of pace. And I had the perfect story rattling in the noggin for such a story.
(one of those EUREKA! moments)
What would happen if a young woman became pregnant. What if it wasn’t by her husband? And what if it happened just days before the wedding?
Just what kind of emotional turmoil and external conflict would such an event cause?
Hmm. “What if” seems to be a theme here. Such a question is a writer’s best friend. At least, it’s mine.
And thus, Releasing Yesterday was born.
Ideas (for me) come from watching life. A pink rocking horse abandoned outside a church daycare. A couple that fell out of love even before they married. Or my latest story- of a young woman who finds her now deceased husband has a child. A child she never knew about and now has to care for.
I’m inspired by the mundane or the normal that can be made extraordinary in fiction.
Wow! What a premise. I cant’ wait to learn more as Case continues her writing journey…and her navigation of the world wide web in search of sending someone encouragement.
4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Before I close up my laptop for the night, I think it’s important to reread this memorable verse. If our lives are a story, we know two things for sure:
1. There’s a beginning
2. There’s an ending
All of our stories started somewhere. It’s just the nature of it. All stories have beginnings.
Because our stories are penned by a loving and devoted Author, we don’t have to fear the ending of our story either. If you like HEA, Christianity is the place for you. Nobody can write an HEA like Jesus!
Read the Bible to get a good taste of a few stories. Raising people from the dead. Making broken people whole. Saving the world from the wrath of God…to name a few.
Ultimately, we get to be united with our Father God in some glorious ‘otherworld’ called Heaven.
So if you’re looking for a reality check, here ya go:
Life is hard.
God is good.
And you are part of a HEA.
End of story 😉