This blog is a repeat of what I posted at the Special Edition Authors’ blog. Since it’s about mothers, I thought it would be a good one for today. 🙂
We’re looking towards Mother’s Day this weekend, and I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom. It has been two-and-a-half years since she passed away, yet a day doesn’t go by when she isn’t in my thoughts. Her birthday was May 9tth.
Mom was vain when it came to her hair. She had the most gorgeous white locks, and she went to great lengths to make sure her hair always looked presentable. As she advanced in age, and during the last two to three years of her life, we had a weekly date. Every Tuesday I’d arrive mid-morning to wash, set, and style her hair, then we’d head out for lunch. Bless Mom’s heart, she once told me that was the highlight of her week.
One of the things I love most about the Special Edition line is the inclusion of family in the stories. Isn’t it our family who first teaches us how to love? Our family also helps us learn to compromise. As we observe how our parents interact with each other, we figure out if they practice what they preach or if they’re trying to make us the people they wish they could be. Unfortunately, families can also be our greatest source of pain.
The beauty of including a family in our romances is that it gives us the opportunity to write the kind of fantasy family many of us yearn for. I loved weaving Kieran and Beverly, the parents of the Grady clan, into the fabric of Courting His Favorite Nurse. As I grew to know the parents—Kieran with his blustery faux fierceness and Beverly with her smart sense of style and need to control—I began to understand the family dynamics and placement of the siblings, Anne, Lucas and Lark, in the Grady family structure.
I’d like to take this time to wish all the mothers out there HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! If you’ve got one – give her a hug or call. If you are one – I hope they treat you right for your day!
Here’s my favorite photo of my mother.
Until next week, make it a great one!