Since my novel came out in August, I've been doing a lot of speaking at book stores, libraries, and other literary places. (I love it! How lucky am I to have a job where going to bookstores and libraries is work?!) I typically read an excerpt then talk about the inspiration behind Peculiar Miracles and a little bit about myself.
Because I based the title character (Antoinette) on my daughter Grace, inevitably things get personal. (Which is fine with me. I wouldn't have told the world Antoinette was based on my daughter if I didn't want to invite questions!) What's interesting to me is that no matter where I am, the questions people ask are remarkable similar. They always ask 1) How I find time to write with 6 kids and 2) Why we adopted more special needs children after we adopted Grace. This second question is always followed up with a statement that goes something like: "Bless you. I could never do that."
A few weeks ago, as I drove home from a book event in Berea KY, I thought about the questions people had (again) asked. To me, it's strange that people are interested in our family because this is just my life. I don't think about what I'm doing. I just do it. (Nike, if you want an out of shape middle-aged woman as a spokesperson, feel free to get in touch.)
But, since I get so many questions along the same lines, I thought I'd start a blog series that covers some of the frequent questions I get. I'll cover both writing related questions and parenting/special needs questions and anything else I can think of. And by all means, jump in with any questions you have. I'll answer them if I can.
The reason I chose to do this is because I'm constantly surprised at the number of people who sell themselves short. The people who think they couldn't parent a special needs child--that it takes some kind of super power to do so. Or the people who think they could never write a novel (or whatever else it is that they dream of doing.) I'm hoping that by sharing my life a little more, you'll see that if I can do it (whatever "it" is), you can too.