In high school, my journalism teacher told me someday someone would remove my rose-colored glasses. I didn’t understand. But it happened. Life happened and children and divorce. I didn’t lose my desire to write but put it on hold for a while.
When I started writing again, I found my experiences held a wealth of inspiration. Life lessons.
Mostly, I write about single moms and children, stuff I know too well. I like happy-ever-after endings. I like horses and dogs and cats. All these things found their way into my books, as you can see in this excerpt from Kentucky Rain. By putting Life Lessons into my novels, I think I’ve fulfilled Mary K.’s request to write something more profound.
What Life Lessons have you learned?
“I’m worried about Reagan, Dad,” she said in a raw voice. “I thought this kitten might help ease her through the divorce. Give her something to love.”
Ben put the finishing touches on the tree house, placing it in front of the kitchen window so the cat could climb up and look outside. There were three carpeted perches, one being a tunnel perfect for hiding. He snatched up the kitten and deposited him on the top perch so that they were eye to eye.
“He is a cute little thing,” Ben conceded. “What’s his name?”
“Spike.” Kate’s voice choked with emotion.
Ben turned and surveyed her. “Now it’s nothin’ to cry about, honey.”
He knew her so well. He’d raised her. “I’m not crying.” Kate lifted her chin. “It’s just that I try so hard, and it’s so unfair that Reagan and I have to go through all this.”
“Nobody ever said life was fair.”
How often had she heard her father say that? Why couldn’t she get it through her hard head?
“I know. It’s just that I want so much for my daughter.”
“I did too, honey,” he said in agreement. “Life didn’t deal me no favors when your mother left us.”
“I know, Dad.” She shouldn’t have brought this up. She shouldn’t have made him remember his own disappointments and heartaches.
“But all you can do is your best. Children are forgiving, especially if they know they are loved. Believe me, Reagan is well-loved, and she knows it.”
“Oh, Dad.” Kate crumpled into his arms as she had done so many times growing up. He hugged her tight and kissed the top of her head, ruffling her hair.
“It’s okay, Katy,” he whispered. “It will all be okay. Trust me.”
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