Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Showcasing -- Dancing in Heaven

Hey readers! Today I am happy to bring you a book showcasing and author interview! First let's hear about the book.

Dancing in Heaven is an inspirational story about my sister Annie's life, death, and her significance in the lives of those of us who loved her and others who were touched by her. Born with severe brain damage, Annie never outgrew the needs of an infant. She didn't walk or talk. Our parents fed her, changed her clothes, and lifted her from her bed to her wheelchair and back for her entire life of 51 years. This memoir provides a window into my family' s life with a severely disabled member. But more importantly, Dancing in Heaven is a testimony to the basic intrinsic value of human life.

You will be touched by this inspirational story about Annie and her family's ups and downs in their abnormal life. This endearing tribute to the author's sister is sure to leave you feeling encouraged and blessed. Purchase it at Amazon, read the first chapter here, or learn more about it here!

Now, to learn more about the author and get a snippet of her WIP in the interview below!

How long have you been writing?

I've made up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, although I did it with a lot greater frequency when I was young. I never wrote any of them down, and don't consider myself to be a fiction writer at this point. Although I think I would like to be. I started to seriously pursue a career in writing in 1999 when I returned to college part time for an English degree with a minor in Written Communications. I wrote features for the school paper and had two feature stories published in the national magazine St. Anthony Messenger in 2008. Dancing in Heaven is the first book I've written.

 What inspired you to write a memoir about your sister?

I always knew I would write about my sister Annie. I believed her story had a lot to offer other people in many different ways. Mostly I felt there was something inside of me that needed to be spoken. I had written a short story about Annie while I was still in college, but set it aside. When Annie died in the summer of 2009, I became inspired, even compelled, to write her story.

 Do you have any plans to write anything else?

I am currently working on a non-fiction story about my father who grew up during the depression, and now has Alzheimer's. Obviously there is a lot of story in between, and one of the biggest challenges will be how to tell his story in the most meaningful way possible.

 If you could enter any book and live it out as the main character, what book would you choose, and why? 

Without a doubt, Pride and Prejudice. Who wouldn't want to spend the rest of their life at Pemberley with Darcy?

  If you could have a lifetime supply of anything you wanted, what would it be?


 What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Raising four children who are generous, loving, talented, caring, and responsible adults.

Thanks Christine for visiting Reviews by Jane!


Arlee Bird said...

I like that so many of your answers and so much of what you do is centered around family. I think family is our most important legacy. All the better if we can write about family for future generations.

Tossing It Out

William Kendall said...

Excellent answers, Christine.

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