I dreamed a plot last night. It involved a drug store and a wall telephone. :-) I dream strange things all the time, and when I wake up my memories are all utter nonsense, but last night the story I dreamed actually made sense. Enough that when I looked at it in the light of day and began to consider it a little further, I think it'll work!
I received several reader letters about this book--and expect to get a few more on the new edition (though now they'll probably be emails!).
Here's a sampling of reader mail:
"Just finished reading your Gentle Touch. It's a wonderful book . . . in your handling of cancer. At the age of 40 I was a mastectomy patient, and you covered the feelings of a patient extremely well (I hope that doesn't mean you've also had breast cancer). You were also very realistic about the reactions of others. Bless you for using your storytelling ability for giving women a positive viewpoint." --Lois
"Thanks for writing Gentle Touch. I first read it for the plot. However, I have read the book again, this time paying close attention to the medical things (since being diagnosed with breast cancer). I want you to know this has helped me ever so much. I really didn't know where to begin with what I need to ask the doctor, so your book gave me plenty of food for thought. I sat down with it and wrote out my questions." ~Helen
"I just finished reading your novel GENTLE TOUCH. When I was not quite eleven years old, my mother died of Hodgkins Disease, a form of cancer. I was the oldest of three children, so my childhood effectively ended then. . . . The character who really touched me was Daphne. In so many ways, she reminded me of my mother. My mother was not quite 29 when she died, but she had lived such a full life. . . . Her passing was quick. One day she was getting us ready for the last day of school, and then next day she was in a coma and then gone. I never really got to say goodbye to her because the adults believed that we kids were better off not really knowing the seriousness of her condition. As an adult now, I can almost understand their reasoning, but as a child, I felt as if something very precious had been stolen from me.
"Then last night as I was reading the final chapters of your book, I came to Daphne's letter to Jacqueline. And there it was--the goodbye from my mother! As I read and re-read the letter, I could hear my mother's soft voice and feel God heal the hurt places in my heart that I had covered up for so long . . ." ~~Diana
And, my friends, the reward doesn't get any better than that.
If you have any questions about the writing of GENTLE TOUCH/A TIME TO MEND, please post them in the comments section today . . . and I'll answer them in the next blog.
Next month's BOM? SHE ALWAYS WORE RED which should be in full release mode by the time May first rolls around!