Lily Journal

May 2010

A good year.

My neighbor, Ruth Fowler, hired me to write a book for her. At first I didn’t’ want to do it, because I had so many of my own writing projects that I was passionate about. In the end I said yes. I needed the money. Social Security is like living at the poverty level. I put the projects I was working on hold—marketing Lily, polishing Gillian’s Heart, and writing Sweet Charity and Fort Stevens.     

I told Ruth it would be hard to find a publisher. Her book, A Touch of Grace—The Story of Grace Ministries, is about a Douglas County, Oregon, free women’s conference. Ruth and some other women prayed and planned for an annual Christian women’s conference to be held in different churches. The conference has been in existence for over 25 years. Ruth agreed, so we researched self-publishers and decided to have Xulon publish the book.

 Xulon was wonderful to work with—keeping me on schedule with galleys, book cover approval, etc. Ruth wanted a silhouette of a woman praying. We didn’t like the result, so we deleted it and went with the title only. A Touch of Grace is not only Ruth’s story, but stories of women who experienced life changes as a result of a Grace Ministries conference.

Ruth is in her 80’s and a pleasure to work with. She paid me well and the result was she had a book she was pleased with and saw it published during her lifetime.

On April 6, 2009, I survived a horrific car accident. It began like any other day. I drove the familiar country road to the nearby town for my exercise routine at Curves. After exercising I returned home on the highway.

All of a sudden a car was in front of me. In that instant I knew it was impossible to prevent hitting the driver and possibly killing him. I slammed on my brakes and swerved into the fast lane in hopes of avoiding the inevitable. And, for a second, I thought I might have escaped what was about to happen, but I was wrong. His car hit my passenger side hard. This is bad I thought. But it was only the beginning.

Witnesses told me later that it looked like a NASCAR accident. My car propelled up in the air, flipped, and rolled three times. It happened so fast there wasn’t time to pray, but I felt God’s presence. Inside my car I felt a peace and I was ready to meet my Maker. I felt arms holding me. I thought it had to be God—or one of His angels.

Later I received a settlement from the other drivers insurance for pain and suffering. It was while working on A Touch of Grace that I shared with my husband my desire to self-publish Lily, using the money from the settlement. He agreed.

Years earlier my daughter Melanie told me that if Lily wasn’t published before I died, she’d see to it that Lily was published. She believed in my novel as much as I did, and her words brought tear of joy to my eyes. Yet, like Ruth, I wanted to see my book in print during my lifetime.

November 5, 2010

Lily uploaded to iUniverse.

November 2010

A Touch of Grace is with proofreader.

December 15, 2010

A Touch of Grace submitted to Xulon Press.

December 28, 2010

I’m working on A Touch of Grace galleys.

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