I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.
… Well, maybe it will be closer to August before we get a stretch of decent weather this year. But I’m not stressing. Actually I’m on cloud 99.
When Sunset Cove was released, in the winter of 2011, I didn’t know it would be the last book I would write for almost seven years.
I went through some stormy times. Frightening times. It was hard to see the sunshine for a while. I did very little writing except for the occasional devotional for my inspirational blog and a couple of short stories for an anthology. This winter, I felt a gentle nudge inside that said it was time to write another book. So I bought a brand new spiral notebook, because that’s how I do it, and day after day I sat at my kitchen table and waited for my “people” to tell me what their story was about. Once they started talking it was hard to get them to stop. But that’s the best part of the deal.
They told me so many things.
They told me about the loneliness of finding yourself unexpectedly single at age fifty, and the anxiety of starting all over again. They told me about friendship and about drug abuse and about homelessness. About the wars that are waged, even in families that care deeply for one another. About the peace that comes with surrendering your will to God’s, and yes, they told me about not giving up on love.
They told me the story of Frankie’s Heart.
After weeks of contemplation and false starts, I was finally able to fit all of the pieces together. I polished the story, and then polished it some more. Then I sent it off to my publisher, hoping I still have what it takes.
Yesterday I got word that my book is being released in July.
I can’t seem to stop smiling.
I’m as excited as if this were my very first one.
I’ve got sunshine, even on this cloudy day.