The Hound posed this week’s question: If you could be remembered (as an author) for only ONE of your books… which book would you choose. Why that one?
I have not pushed to have my manuscripts published, (I know, I literally need to have the book thrown at me), and have not finished others, but I suppose that is the question, anyway.
I have a number if stories, some shorter, some longer, some for adults, some for children.
Which one to choose?
I am torn.
The first full-length novel is very dear to my heart. I never would have thought that I would write a romance, let alone with a mystery within it, but there it was. It came to me almost completely in one look at one photo and the rest fell into place, but I will give the honor to another one.
The semi-autobio play I am very pleased with is also in the running; I need to make it into a better, readable form,but no.
Two children’s stories make me particularly proud, but let’s go with longer stories.
The story premise that my oldest grandson Jonathan gave to me is be the one that I wish to be remembered by.
At the time he was about 11 or 12 and had been writing stories for years. One day while we were riding in my car when he said to me,
“I have an idea for a story, but I don’t know how to write it.”
“Tell me about it.”
“Well, there is a man who starts to cheat on his wife, but his guardian angel stops him. The angel starts to get into the man’s wife and somehow he gets stuck in their cat.”
“I’ll write that!”
I have yet to polish it, but it is on my mind often. It took me a while to get to it, and my grandson did not like my first attempt.
(He’s not going to see it now until it is finished and I have someone interested in publishing it.)
Not all of the content is sound theology or Church teaching. If anyone wants to consider any supernatural outside influences anything other than “angels” and “demons”, the idea is still intact, but I do draw on biblical teaching. I dare to guess that people, (and some close to me), may take exception to liberties that I have taken, but I’m not out to corrupt or undermine people’s faith.
I’ve found that too many books, (some considered ‘classics’), have those intentions.
This story has the best of intentions,
and can’t we have a little fun?
I’ve had a really good time with this one. It’s not preachy. Even though the subject matter is serious, it’s told with humor. Both my grandson and I want to show how easily a couple can stop putting each other first and how easy it is for other people and things can come between them. I touch on the reality of angels and fallen angels, and how easy it can be for to be led into temptation, but also how easily one can get back on the straight and narrow.
All of it is easy.
I am particularly pleased with the banter between the angel and the cat.
In giving my grandson credit for the story, the man is named for him, and since it is a good idea to tie a title into something familiar, the name “Jonny’s Angel” came automatically.
If I can get anyone reading it to see how important the simplest attention to those closest to them can be and how important family is, I will be happy.
If I can get anyone to consider that there are angels and demons vying for their souls, I will be happy.
If I make anyone smile with the story, I will be happy,
and so will my grandson.
At least, I hope so.