When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. When no one was around, I’d scribble my stories on loose sheets of paper which I kept in a cardboard grocery box at the bottom of my wardrobe, half-hidden by my hanging clothes. Every night after I'd snuggled down in my bed, I’d compose more stories in my head. My tales were often about big families, remarkably like The Brady Bunch. Of course, my stories were fantastic. I knew one day they’d be published. Readers would beg me to write more. A TV station was going to turn them into a series, just like The Brady Bunch.
I grew up and became a scientist. I don’t really know why. I don’t like science. Then I became a mother which I do like. Actually I love it.
One day we found out our 6th child wasn’t going to live after birth. I can't tell that story in a few words so I'll just say... Thomas was born and for a whole day I had my own Brady Bunch family: 3 girls and 3 boys. Then our baby died, and about a week later, I started writing. Some time later, I had a book. I called it Grief, Love and Hope. It is Thomas' book. It tells his story. And so I became an author. A Catholic one, for how can you write about such things as death and make sense of the whole experience without mentioning God?
A Catholic writer? As a child I wanted to be a writer but I never imagined being a Catholic one. (I didn't even know what a Catholic was in those days.) I wanted to write big family stories. I'm doing that and I like it. Do you know what else I like? I like how I’ve met so many beautiful people through my writing. At the top of the line is Nancy. Nancy is forever encouraging me, both as a friend and as a writer. And now she has given me a Catholic Writer’s Award.
Melanie Jean Juneau created the award. This is what she says about it:
THIS AWARD HAS NO STRINGS ATTACHED
A SIMPLE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GREAT CATHOLIC WRITING WHICH BRINGS JOY, TRUTH, FREEDOM OR ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS
IT CAN BE SOMEONE WHO WRITES ABOUT
THEIR STRUGGLES AND PAIN. BRINGING HOPE TO OTHERS
LIFE IN GOD
FAITH STORIES THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH
PASS THIS AWARD ON TO A FELLOW CATHOLIC WRITER OR TWO
POST THE RECIPIENT’S NAME AND BLOG IF APPLICABLE, AWARD TITLE, LOGO WITH A SIMPLE LINK BACK TO
You know what? I think I can do that! Usually I am hopeless with awards and rules. But not today.
I’d like to pass this award onto Anabelle (if she doesn't already have one.)
Anabelle’s sense of humour shines through her writing. So does her Catholic faith. I enjoy all her posts though I should avoid her book reviews like the plague. You see, Anabelle is the cause of me buying far too many books ‘I have to read’. It was just as well, I’d already bought a copy of Jennifer Fulwiler’s book Something Other Than God before I read Anabelle's review of that book. You haven’t read that post? Oh do go and enjoy it! I haven't told you about Anabelle's shoes. She is a queen of shoes. I always think of her when I'm shoe shopping. And we share a love of Mary. Our blogs are hers.
Anabelle blogs at Written by the Finger of God. If you love good Catholic writing, books, smiling and shoes hop over right away and enjoy!
Thank you Nancy for nominating me, and thank you Melanie for creating such an encouraging award for Catholic writers.
Melanie blogs at Joy of Nine