What happens when a parent or parents find themselves in a situation they no longer can deal with? Many times the options are not favorable to the children in the family. Children are pushed aside, abandoned, abused, or ignored by those who are given this gift from God and yet don’t appreciate it or honor it.
The Narrow Road was the hardest book I have written so far. I know the people involved. Oh, the names have been changed on the most part but the people in this true story are real people with real circumstances and real life issues. Issues that many in this sin-filled world have faced or are facing.
I was totally taken aback when the Lord revealed that this is the story He wants told and to be honest, I didn’t want to do it. It meant feeling pain. It meant going back into someone’s memories; some good, some painful, and others comical. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that.
As I began the story of this small child’s life tears filled my eyes. Yes, when one begins reading “Brian’s” story tears will come from compassionate hearts. I didn’t get very far in the story before I threw the typed manuscript on my desk and said, “I can’t do this!” (I also make a paper copy just in case the computer decides to eat what was written.)
The Lord finally said, “I’m the One doing it, not you, Sue.” I finally picked up where the story had left off and began typing. The story was taking form and I was able to continue without my heart falling onto the floor. Yes, the story got better. Not so hurtful and so I continued to type.
When we write true stories, especially if we know the people or person the story is about, it can be difficult. Throughout “Brian’s” story I found myself laughing, cheering, and yes, crying. I was living his pain, his joy, his accomplishments, and sorrows.
I’m not patting myself on the back or bragging, but any writer that does not feel, live, sense, their characters in their story, whether it is a true story or not, well, in my opinion, will not produce a believable story. How can they? They aren’t experiencing what their character is experiencing. To me, that even applies to a cartoon type of story.
Gradually I continued to write. Gradually “Brian’s” story was being told. And all those who have read it, as well as some of my other books, have told me, “This is the best one you’ve written!”
To be continued – Stay tuned.