Once he and my grandmother passed away, my mom planted lily bulbs in her small garden as a way to remember them both. I’m not sure if she planted the same ones but they were there, year after year.
Shortly after my mom passed away I really struggled with what I could to in her memory. You see, my mother and I didn’t exactly have the greatest mother/daughter relationship. Years of untreated mental illness and alcoholism interfered with the kind of mother she had the potential to be. Despite anything, she chose to give me life and I credit her for giving me the creative gifts I’m blessed with. She wasn’t strong enough to turn to her gifts in her darkest times but I make sure I always turn to mine.
So, in memory of my grandparents and my mom, as well as to remind me to keep moving forward to positive things, I have also planted lilies in my garden. Each spring when I see their brightly colored heads poke out from the dirt, it gives me a new sense of hope for good things to come.
Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.
1. I’m allergic to chocolate.
2. I make my own wine.
3. I’m a strict vegetarian.
4. I started playing piano when I was two.
5. I’m a huge Beatles fan (okay…that’s not a huge secret but still…)
My husband's family makes their own wine, too. Do you have a fond memory of interaction with a reader?
I think the most inspirational reader experience I’ve had, the one that reminded me why I do what I do, is when I read to my oldest daughter’s classroom for ‘Read-In Week’ at her school and one of her friends came up to me later and said, “I love your books. They make me feel all kinds of stuff and it’s great. I hope I can be a writer like you someday.” How awesome is that? I told her not to be a writer like me but a writer like her. She’ll ‘get’ that one day. ;)
What was the happiest moment in your childhood?
Curling up in my grandfather’s lap with my brother and listening to him tell us a story. And my grandmother’s bear hugs.
Chynna, please tell us about your book and I understand you have a contest and blog tour.
Cheyenne McCarthy has two fears: Our sensory rich world and the man who killed her husband. Cheyenne's gift helps her catch serial killers. But will it save her when the man comes for her and her unborn child? And will the secret he knows about her past be what finally breaks her?
We have a contest going on over at Goodreads where you could win one of two copies of the book. You have until April 30th to enter so hurry on over!
I’m also participating in a book blog tour for my memoir, White Elephants and would like to invite your readers to join me. If you live or know someone living with untreated bipolar disorder or other mental health issues, this is a must-see tour. Here’s the link to the main page with all my blog stops
Chynna, thanks so much for guesting today. I love your book cover! I enjoyed chatting with you and learning more about you and your books.
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