Sunday, November 02, 2008

BOM: How the idea germinated



The idea for THE FACE stemmed from a TV show I saw on the Discovery Health Channel.  The special was about Juliana Wetmore, a little girl born with Treacher Collins syndrome . . . the most severe case ever recorded. This child was literally born without a face.  (Photo: a current photo of Juliana. I love her spirit!) 

Now, my book is not about this child, who is very young and still undergoing the many surgeries she will need in order to have a "normal" face.  You can read this little girl's story on her web site here.  

As many novelists do, I took the truth of her story and asked myself, "What if?"  What if another child were born like this? What would happen if she didn't have all the surgeries necessary to be accepted in society? What would happen if we fast forwarded 20 years and she were a young adult?  

Add to that mix my ALIAS infatuation and desire to write about the CIA, stir together my fascination with facial expressions and their link to emotions, and add a sprinkle of family relationships--and that's how you come up with a story like THE FACE.  

My main purpose, however, wasn't to discuss faces--those were a means to an end. I kept thinking about that song, "We Shall See Him As He Is" and about how we don't discover our true self--the person we were meant to be--until we meet Christ. But certain things are necessary--certain sacrifices have to be made--before we are ready to begin a new life as a new creature. So I used this story to illustrate a spiritual truth. I hope it will resonate with you. 

If you haven't read it yet, I hope you enjoy the story. And do check out Juliana's page--this is a Christian family, and they have faced incredible struggle and pain in order to help this precious little girl grow and gain confidence.  I know they would appreciate your prayers. 

Tomorrow:  the research. 

~~Angie 

6 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I always wonder how you come up with your premises. I find this interesting. The Face is an amazingly detailed work and one of your best!

Mocha with Linda said...

Wow.

I was not familiar with the syndrome. That little girl's story is amazing.

And the multi-faceted depth that you bring to your stories is incredible.

D. Gudger said...

I've seen the specials on this little girl. It's amazing what can be done with modern medicine.

Love how you see something and plots materialize in your head.

I must read the book!

rolltide4 said...

I say this story on discover channel - the scene where she was hooked up to the medical equipment, sitting in her crib, playing her little piano was so touching - inside she was/is a normal little girl but having to deal with her situation - it makes me thankful for my healthy little boys but I also know that her family sees her as their perfect little girl. I look forward to reading the book.

rolltide4 said...

I saw this story on the discover channel - the scene where she was hooked up to the medical equipment, sitting in her crib, playing her little piano was so touching - she was/is just a normal little girl but having to deal with her situation - it makes me thankful for my healthy little boys but I also know that her family sees her as their perfect little gir.

Lisa said...

I'm an ALIAS fan too! Why did it have to end? I can't wait to get out and get this book. I know I will thoroughly enjoy it.