A Precious Unexpected Experience

Yeah, that title is a mouthful, but it was the best way I could describe working on The Hurricane Effect. I was really overwhelmed at first and found all kinds of reasons to procrastinate on starting this project.

I was scared, because it was such a personal project. If you know anything about me, I don’t like talking about myself. I’m a pretty private person and I don’t share many details of my life without being asked a direct question. So this whole book, is out of my comfort zone.

Finally, I started writing and now I can’t stop (which is a good thing). I’ve enjoyed so much rummaging through the past and melding it with Drew’s story. Drew’s like any other character I’ve created, but when asked if she’s like me…the answer is a resounding yes and no. She carries a lot of my history and characteristics, but she still has some things that are distinctly hers.

The more I study the history of how my husband and I met, the more in awe I am if the whole situation. My eyes have been opened anew to some of the details, and I’ve adored going through mementos from that time in my life.

I’ve always been acutely aware of God’s hand in everything, but really studying the whole situation in depth just shows how deeply involved he was in the tapestry of my past. It’s amazing.

This project has taken me to places I never expected. I find myself falling deeper in love with my husband (if that was even possible) and understanding the depths of God’s love even more for every minute detail of my life.

BUT, please don’t interpret this to mean that writing about my past has been like walking through a beautiful rose garden. There’s plenty of thorns to contend with in this story.

And for a private person like myself, I’ve had to fight to find the line of what’s too much personal information and what’s best for the story.

It’s an ongoing battle, but hopefully this will create an unforgettable story that I know I was meant to tell.

Check back tomorrow, as I’ll reveal another interesting tidbit about The Hurricane Effect.


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