I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, to round off this week I have a guest post from author Kate Hewitt on writing yourself into a story and a giveaway as well. Just in case there is any confusion because the banner and the title of the post are different from each other there was a very last minute change to the title but now back to the good stuff here is what the book is about.
Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.
As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.
Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?
An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.
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Writing Yourself into Your Story
A Mother’s Choice is about adoption, something I’ve never experienced, and yet there is so much of me in the story. It’s always a bit disconcerting when something comes through in your writing that is deeply personal. It feels revealing, and yet also important. Writing from experience adds an authenticity and emotion to a story that I think (or at least hope!) readers resonate with, and I have included something of myelf in every book I’ve written.
In the case of this story, Grace’s relationship with her father, at least in part, comes from my own experience with my dad, who was an amazing man and died two years ago. Being able to write about was both heart-wrenching and therapeutic for me, especially as the scene in the book where Grace remembers her father dying was written straight from my own experience being in the hospital with my dad as he died.
Even the joke her father made before he died was the one my father made, and made my brother and I smile at the time, even in the midst of such heartbreak. And while I debated including this material, my heart told me it was right and so I did. Yet now that the book is out there for readers to love or hate, to enjoy or pick apart, it feels even more exposing to have written about something—and someone—I care about so much.
Yet that is the power and beauty of writing—including yourself in the story. As the quotation attributed to Red Smith goes, ‘Writing is easy. Just open a vein and bleed.’
In any case, I hope readers enjoy A Mother’s Choice, both the parts of the story that are personal to me and those that aren’t.
If you think the book looks good then you’ll want to click the link below to win…
a paperback copy of A Mother’s Goodbye
Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.
Reviews for Kate Hewitt books
A Cotswold Christmas | This Fragile Life