“When Shadows Linger” is my first novel. And I can honestly say that I love the book. I actually love all of my writing, for the most part. But I am proud of the fact that I wrote this novel.
The setting for the story begins in Wisconsin, my home state. And then it changes to Middlebury, Vermont–a town that I fell in love with.
Sometimes it’s difficult for a writer to express what inspired a story. I decided, after taking some online writing classes, to write a novel. The main character, Maggie, becomes a widow at a young age. I honestly don’t know how I came up with the story line, but there it was.
I have over twenty years of social work experience and try to make my stories meaningful so that they help people. “When Shadows Linger” deals with loss and the resolution of grief. I don’t want to say too much because of those who haven’t read it. But there are parts of the story that are heart-wrenching in a good way, if that makes sense. The goal is for readers to have hope that they can resolve a loss and move on, regardless of what kind of loss it may be; i.e., death, divorce, abandonment, abuse, etc.
So, once I started writing the story, it just flowed. And I would find that fascinating because the words came to me out of nowhere. I tried to publish it for over a year and kept getting rejected. I was told it was too short so I made it longer. But I didn’t want to add too much because the story would be lost. Last year I decided to self-publish it and I’m proud of the results.
My daughter-in-law illustrated the rose and if you read the book, you’ll see why I wanted a yellow rose. It’s in one of the most powerful scenes of the book. And someone else in my family. who wishes to be anonymous, is the best editor a person could have.
So, that’s how “When Shadows Linger” came to be. I don’t want to talk about the promoting of it yet because that will be another post. But stay tuned. And if you haven’t read it, check it out. It’s truly a wonderful story.