It all started several years ago, when I bumped into a woman I’d met once before. Over the course of our time together, she let slip little comments about her relationship with her mother. Let’s just say the comments were filled with pain and grief. Mama was alive, well, and still contributing to that pain and grief.
I could bear it no longer, and while giving her a hug, asked if I could pray with her that God would grant her peace and healing. Through barely contained tears, she refused. Not that she wasn’t grateful, but she couldn’t tolerate the thought of attaining some kind of peace, only to return home to the same situation and have it shattered—or worse, new shards embedded into her healed heart. I went home heartsick and unable to shake the urgency to pray for my friend. I sensed her deep level of hopelessness that her life and relationship with her mother would never change. I prayed every time her name came to mind, which happened frequently. I couldn’t forget the despair in her voice the last time we spoke.
As I asked the Lord what my next writing project should be, He gently directed me back to those memories. I knew He was showing me, over and over, that thousands of women ache with the same need—for approval, love, and acceptance, just as they are—from their mothers. He directed me to tell this story.
At the time, I started writing this story as contemporary women’s fiction, but after two chapters, I decided the book would be better received if set in the 1800s and rather than women’s fiction it needed to be a historical romance with a women’s fiction thread. It was a bigger challenge showing the depth of the heroine’s emotions, as so much was demanded during that era in regards to respect and honor toward the older members of society, especially parents. Children didn’t speak back to their elders and often repressed how they felt. However, although this is a work of fiction in a historical setting with a strong romance thread, it closely parallels daily events in today’s world.
That is such a moving story, Miralee. I hope this woman and many others will be touched by this book. What is next for you?
A couple of things…the sequel, Wishing on Buttercups, will release in Feb of 2014, 8 months after Blowing on Dandelions, then book three, Dreaming on Daisies, will release 5 months later on July 1. Then I’m starting a new adventure, a series of 4 middle grade horse novels for girls, with the first in the series releasing March 2015.
I’ve had the privilege of critiquing all the above mentioned projects and let me say, you don’t want to miss any of these books. If you have a middle grade reader who loves horses, then I highly recommend getting the new series when it releases. I’ve only read the start of the first one, but I can already tell you, it’s going to be good. 🙂
Miralee, I always like to throw in a fun questions, so here is yours. I know you love your flower garden. What is your favorite flower?
I used to always say a rose, but I’m broadening that a bit and adding lilies (day lilies and oriental) as well as delphinium. I have several flower beds that I’ve loaded with a lot of color…the picture is only one of about 7.
Oh so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us about Blowing on Dandelions, Miralee. Feel free to share with us a little more about yourself.
My husband, Allen, and I live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where we love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. I’m able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with my married daughter, since she lives nearby—we often ride together on the wooded trails near our home. My little 6 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, is often on my lap when I’m working–there’s nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!
I’ve been involved in women’s ministries for years, and serve on staff at our small church. I’m married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs and an Arabian mare. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.
I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don’t want to stop. I write both women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance. There will be three books in my current Love Blossoms in Oregon series, and in 2014 my first book in a four-book series for middle grades will release—horse novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction.
I have a couple of questions of your readers….have any of you read any of my books and if so, what was your favorite? And what is your favorite genre? Thanks so much for having me!
Miralee’s publisher is giving a copy to one lucky commenter who answers Miralee’s above questions. You must answer her questions to be entered into the drawing.
Rules: Drawing is open to US addressees only. A minimum of ten qualifying comments must be made on this post for the drawing to take place. You must answer Miralee’s question to be entered. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing ends Sunday May 19th. The winner will be notified by email Monday May 20th.