Welcome, Sharon! Brr, your cover makes me want to bundle up. 🙂 Please tell us about Dreaming of a Father’s Love.
A thought came to me followed by a what if question:
We think that’s pretty neat when a son wants to follow his father’s footsteps. But what if this child was a girl? And the year was 1972? What encouragement would we give her?
This question would not leave me alone, and the story of Roberta (Birdie) Alexander was born.
I enjoy hearing how writers come up with their stories. I know several who do exactly that–ask what if. What is the take away from Dreaming of a Father’s Love?
he interesting thing for me is as I wrote down this story I learned some life lessons right along with Birdie.
Work is Roberta “Birdie” Alexander’s inspiration. If she works long enough and hard enough, her father will love her as much as he loves her older brothers. In her Christian walk, Birdie approaches her relationship with her Heavenly Father in the same way.
So, in spite of the economic slowdown Birdie is determined their family business will both survive and thrive. She’ll back up that promise with hard work, and Alexander’s foliage will become the standard for the entire Ohio Valley. But Birdie’s dad seems determined to marry her off.
How much will she risk to hold on to her own will and secret sin of self-righteousness? Will losing her job wake her up? Losing a lifelong friend? A brother? Or will it take losing the very presence of God?
Sara Brubaker is torn between two worlds. Two-years-old when an Old Order German Baptist couple adopted her, she’s the secretary for Alexander’s Nursery and Greenhouse. Sara enjoys the normal world of fun and fashion. Should she give it up and join the Dunkards to truly belong with her adoptive family?
The Anabaptist people dress so old fashioned. Does she really want to look … Amish? Then she learns her parents have been keeping secrets. Sara’s dad side-steps her questions. Was the deception deliberate?
Irene West, Birdie’s lifelong Sunday school friend, misses having a father figure around … where is he anyway? In her search for acceptance, her skirts get tighter and shorter. This causes Birdie to struggle with the friendship and Irene to struggle with life.
Birdie thinks it’s her job to shame Irene into acting more like a Christian. Will Birdie overcome her self-righteous nature before it’s too late … for Irene?
The take away value is the lessons each of these young women make by the end of the book.
Excellent! What are you currently working on?
I fully expected to write a sequel with more focus on either Sara or Irene, and then a third about the other one.
However a two older and more contemporary women, Evalena Davidson, and Danni Wagoner, came to the door of my mind and marched right in demanding that their story be told.
I am finishing up the last edits (I hope) of Deadly Secrets that takes place in the Ohio Valley, the same setting as Dreaming Of A Father’s Love, but in the year 2008 and the main characters are both nurses from the oncology ward of Denton Community Hospital.
Thanks for sharing with us, Sharon. If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Dreaming Of A Father’s Love you must answer the following question. Have you ever unknowingly hurt a friend so badly that you feared they would never be able to forgive you? Were you ever able to work the problem out and become friends again?
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She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady.
In the Old German Baptist community she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes.
And in her own mind she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God. ~~ Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart~~How great is the love The Father has lavished on us…
A WordServe client since 2012, she is represented by Sarah Joy Freese. Sharon A. Lavy is a member of several Christian writing groups including ACFW.
Sharon writes to encourage hurting women who have had problems with a troubling family relationship. When~~it’s all said and done~~It’s all about relationships.