Today, I welcome a sweet writer friend of mine, Gail Kittleson. I did a review on her historical fiction, In This Together. Her sequel to that book released yesterday. Congratulations, Gail, and tell us how your new book came to be.
Quotes mean a lot to me, and this morning’s teabags netted me two that relate to my World War II novel’s release.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try—unknown author. So true. But choices can be excruciating. First, you must believe in yourself, believe that as someone formed in the Creator’s image, you’re worthy of taking action. It’s not about selfishness, but one’s innate dignity.
My 1940’s farm wife heroine treads the uphill road to this kind of autonomy. With her egocentric husband there to remind her of her failures in his eyes, she faces a double whammy: his relentless voice joins her father’s from her childhood.
Which brings us to my second teabag quote, also attributed to an unknown author. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
Amen to that! Yet it takes a long time to gather strength to cast aside these inner messages. In our endeavor to live authentically in the present, trusted friends become our best asset. They tell us we’re worthy of good, launch attacks on the nasty whisperings thwarting us at every turn, and urge us to see ourselves through their loving eyes. In other words, they mirror our loving heavenly Father's attitude toward us.
My heroine Addie is fortunate that her best friend Kate’s letters from London encourage her to analyze the source of her husband Harold’s constant negative messages. That's the only way she can rise above them. and Jane, Addie’s down-to-earth neighbor, nurtures Addie’s fledgling victory garden, and her soul as well.
When Harold’s father dies, nobody’s more surprised than Addie to have her mother-in-law emerge from grief with a taste for joy and a zest for life. She becomes Addie’s stalwart ally in the battle that rages on their obscure Iowa farm as Pearl Harbor ignites war’s flames all over the world.
My desire for readers to get to know Addie increases by the day. We’ve hung out together for more than four years, as Addie’s not one to divulge her secrets easily. But she’s given me permission to share them with you—I’d so like to hear your first impressions of her story, or how you've overcome influences that pull you down.
Thank you, Gail. Sounds like this book is actually the one that comes before In This Together. How interesting. I learned a lot about the post World War II era in your first book. Sounds like this one will show us the struggles during the war. So I recommend checking out In Times Like These. It's available for purchase NOW.