This week Carol James is sharing a really cool story about the inspiration behind her latest release, A Time for Singing. Enjoy!
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Deena, thanks for letting me visit today.
What would you do if you were on vacation, and you discovered secret letters hidden in your room?
The idea for A Time for Singing was born one year when my husband and I stayed in Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. The old inn has no TV in the rooms, so that leaves reading, visiting and playing games with other guests, or walking the lovely grounds as primary forms of entertainment.
The first evening after dinner, we went to our room to finish unpacking, and I noticed an unsealed envelope peeking out from behind a curtain. Wouldn’t you have opened it? Yes, me, too. The letter was a fictional missive to General George Washington warning him of an imminent attack. We had the best time reading it.
That one letter sent us on a treasure hunt around our room. We decided to check the old antique desk next. Several of the drawers held letters, most of them addressed to “The Secret Drawer Society.” Even the chest of drawers was crammed full. Some of the letters, like the one to Washington, were fictional, but many of them were heartfelt expressions of the writers’ feelings.
I remember one in which a couple wrote that they had just married at a nearby chapel and were spending their wedding night in the inn. At the bottom of this same letter was an entry written five years later when the couple returned to celebrate their fifth anniversary. They found their original letter and added to it. (Sigh! So romantic!)
Another letter I remember reading was written by a woman who had recently become a Christian after spending years of her life in the world of prostitution. The joy in her heart flowed onto the paper.
My husband and I laughed, I cried, we stayed up way too late reading the hundreds of letters.
I was fairly new to writing at the time. But I knew one day I would create a story in which the hero and heroine would share their pain of past relationships by writing anonymous letters and hiding them in secret drawers at a local inn for the other to find. And Chance, Charlee, and Noah came to life in the pages of A Time for Singing.
Wow, Carol. I love this so much! I can see why your experience at the Inn led you to write such a novel. Sounds like a great read. I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks so much for sharing on the blog this week. May God bless you and your writing ministry.
Join the conversation. Have you ever found anything interesting in a hotel room or maybe a family member’s attic that captured your interest? Does Carol’s inspiration for her novel pique your interest in reading her book? What comments or questions do you have?
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A Time for Singing by Carol James
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Charlee Bennett is running from her past. Once deserted by her musician ex-fiancé, she’s vowed to avoid anything that reminds her of the pain of his betrayal.
Chance Jackson is starting over. Hoping to redeem the mistakes of his earlier life, he wants to become the music and worship pastor of the largest church in Crescent Bluff.
Charlee tries to convince herself she should not be attracted to Chance. But then she discovers an old letter hidden in the secret drawer of an antique desk. The pain expressed by its author resonates deep within her.
Can the words of long ago soften Charlee’s heart and help her to discover that there is a time for singing?
Raised as an Air Force brat, the longest Carol James ever lived in one place was a year and a half. Maybe that’s why when she and her husband bought their first home over forty years ago, they stayed put.
Wife, mother, grandmother, and dog-mama, Carol loves writing stories of Redemptive Romance, intriguing, transformative stories with happy endings..
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