WTL = Witness in Love (in case you are going ‘huh’?)
Naturally, like any author who gets to see their work finally make it in print, I am over the moon about this opportunity, and have to really thank the good folks at loveyoudivine for making this dream come true.
However, this is more than just getting my words on paper and ink, but thinking of all the long hours spent penning this tale that means so much to me. ‘Witness’ was written during my first year in Nursing School. Let me repeat that in case it did not get through *lol* It was written during the first year of Nursing School!. Why do I emphasize this? Because for those who have been through that realize how extremely difficult it is to get your thoughts around anything that does not involve care plans. Oh my.
But, I think it is safe to say that this book saved me in more ways than one. On the nights when I needed to de-compress from all the stress and toil of my classes and clinicals, sitting down and typing up the world of Ryan and Lena, made me feel good. I could allow myself to get lost in their situation, and for a few precious minutes at a time, I was in control of their destinies.
It could be so easy to read the summary and assume that either 1) I am about to shove my religion down the reader’s throat or 2) this is going to be a novel about the cliched rich woman meets poor boy and so on and so forth. And I won’t blame you for thinking that.
For starters, yours truly did not grow up as a Jehovah Witness, and I must confess I was one of those people who grew up learning to ‘avoid’ them whenever they came to your door. However, as I grew older, and began to learn the subtle act of ‘tolerance’, I came to realize that they were ‘humans’ just like us…only they believe in something a little different than you do. Isn’t that the way it is with all religions? We might disagree on theologies and beliefs, but at least we all agree that there is something higher than ourselves that we look to when we need strength and guidance.
In a way, ‘Witness to Love’ all boils down to that; seeking and finding that one thing that will be your strength and guide when you feel like absolutely nothing is going right. Or in this instance, a woman who believed she had everything under control.
There is drama, there is romance, but beneath that I wanted to explore just how these two people from different ends of the spectrum can come together despite the odds thrown against them. Falling and being in love is difficult, and when you have external forces; including making some really tough choices when it comes to your faith, your belief system, what society thinks should be done, and the harshness of society’s reality…it really makes for a complex situation.
So as you pick up this novel and begin to read about its characters, I hope you come to discover a few things about yourself as well. What would you do if you were faced with such tough choices? What decisions would you make? And what do they bode for the long run?
Ryan, Lena, and just about every character in this novel are my labors of love, and I sincerely hope that they become just as endearing to you long after the last line has been read. ^___^
P.S: Please feel free to leave comments or send me questions! I love hearing from readers.