Thursday, April 20, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions - Series

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. 

2 comments:

  1. Yes, people are often so sure of what they just would not be able to do ... until they have to do it. I look forward to your coming posts. And Nike would be lucky to have you...:)

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  2. Exactly. We're all capable of more than we believe!

    As for Nike, well I think I'm a little too clumsy for them!

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