Welcome to my web site and very first blog. I never really thought of myself as the “blogging type.” Then I thought about how much my Christmas letter each year sounds like one long and probably boring blog. My mother hated Christmas letters because she thought they were pretentious and full of bragging. So every December when I sit down to type out the summary of places I have been and things I have done over the last twelve months I feel a little guilty, knowing mom would not be proud. But how else are all my friends I never see or otherwise communicate with throughout the year going to know what I am doing unless I write what mother referred to quite disparagingly as an epistle? So maybe now if I can convince all my friends to read my blogs I can save them from THE CHRISTMAS LETTER!
But enough about that because I am going to write, mother’s approval or not! And I am going to brag and tell you that my first novel should be out soon. The title is Keeping Faith, but more about that later. It has taken a very long time coming to this point. Writing is the easy part; getting it published, well that is another whole story. Actually, the book has been finished for some time, but every time I look at it I see words and phrases that need editing. I really love my characters and they have become real people to me—kinda scary! But after a couple of years I have grown tired of them because they require so much attention. Now Patrick and Faith are like company that stays too long; I must send them out on their own for better or worse! I know, however, that once I hold the book in my hand and gently turn the pages, I will fall in love with them all over again.
Just to get your interest piqued I’m going to share with you what is tentatively planned for the back cover of the book:
KEEPING FAITH is a story of love found, lost, and found again, of betrayal, forgiveness, redemption and healing. Most of all it holds the bitter truth of how the selfish actions of individuals far transcend the moment.
As a ten year old, Patrick O’Brien is abused by his priest. Ashamed and afraid no one will believe him, for years he carries the unspeakable act alone, allowing it to eat at the recesses of his heart, destroying relationships one by one.
Finally, he is confronted by the one person who is determined to get to the truth no matter what the cost. She has waited almost two decades to unravel his lies, to break down his barriers, and to find out why he was more interested in saving souls than claiming her. When she appears at his door he can no longer run; there is no escaping the past, even if it destroys him.