Author Guest Post
First, I must say that, in general, there is only one thing that inspires me to write: great writing. I was blessed with a wonderful mother who loved to read and who read to me from the time I was born. (I don’t think reading to babies in utero was in vogue at the time, so I can’t claim that advantage!) I read. A lot. Fiction. Poetry. Non-fiction. I appreciate great writers in a number of genres – from Frances Mayes to Barbara Kingsolver to Sue Monk Kidd to Melissa Fay Greene to Thomas Merton, to name just a few. Great writers and great books inspire me. And, yes, they intimidate me, too. I fear my words will never be as good as theirs. Still, I can aspire…
But to discuss why I wrote Something Yellow—a story about a young woman struggling with an ailing parent and a healthy dose of repressed grief—I’ll have to dig a bit deeper. When I started the book, my family was going through a difficult time. Within eight years, I’d lost both my parents and my mother-in-law. My in-laws were living with us, and after my mother-in-law’s death, my father-in-law began a slow decline. He developed dementia (it was never officially deemed Alzheimer’s disease) that led to the erosion of his mind in a painful way. He’d remained sharp and active into his nineties, so the decline was unexpected, sad, and difficult to cope with. My husband—who ran a business from our home—became his primary caregiver.
Our world narrowed to one of nurse’s assistants, sitters, walkers, adult diapers, doctor appointments, and mental anguish. Our home became a hospital room. Our freedom to go out was compromised. It felt as if everyone we loved was dead or dying…and I had a tendency, like Holly, to rail against this inevitable outcome. It’s difficult to lose parents (and siblings, spouses, friends), as I’m sure many of you know.
In the midst of this darkness, I began to write Something Yellow…and there was born Holly’s relationship with her mother, who is dying of breast cancer. Holly’s struggles were our struggles. As I watched my husband lose weight (that he didn’t need to lose) from lack of sleep and bad eating habits, Holly grew thin and tired. Caring for a loved one in this manner is exhausting, and I think if we had it to do over again we’d do things a bit differently. But the point is that writing about Holly and Marilyn, Houston and Jonah, helped me survive this dark and difficult time. I suppose I figured that if I could write about loss and grief being transformed into hope—I could create that hope in my life as well. And in some weird way, it worked.
My wish is that my readers will find hope in Something Yellow’s ending, as Holly puts the past behind her and…well, no spoilers here. You’ll have to read to find out just how Holly’s life turns out once she allows the light back into her heart.
About The Author
Laura can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something Yellow by Laura Templeton
Publisher: Cup of Tea Books / PageSpring Publishing
Publication Date: September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback - 324 pages / Kindle - 860 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Mystery / Romantic Suspense / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Something Yellow
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
It has been thirteen years since Holly left her hometown.
It has been thirteen years since Holly’s first love and high school boyfriend, Houston, was the only suspect.
Now another nine-year-old girl has disappeared.
Holly is back, and so is Houston—never charged and still proclaiming his innocence.
Can she trust him . . . should she trust him?
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, Something Yellow, author Laura Templeton weaves a wonderful multi-layered story that features an intriguing mixture of mystery, romantic suspense, and women's fiction.
Thirteen years ago, Holly McCann left her Appalachian Mountains hometown of White Cove, Virginia, for Atlanta, vowing never to return. But when she lost her banking executive position to the Great Recession, Holly returned home to take care of her mother, who is dying from breast cancer. Coming home is not easy for Holly, it has been thirteen years since her nine year old sister Rachel disappeared without a trace leaving her family shattered. Now the haunting past filled with old wounds, grief, suspicions, secrets and memories from Rachel's disappearance rise to the surface with the recent eerily similar disappearance of nine year old Cailey Hamilton. As Holly cares for her mother, she also has to face the secrets from her family's past in order to heal and move forward with her life.
Something Yellow is a riveting story that captivated my attention and drew me in from the beginning with its intriguing combination of mystery, romantic suspense, and intricate family dynamics. Written in the first person narrative with alternating flashbacks to the past interwoven with the present, the reader follows Holly's search for the truth surrounding the mysterious disappearance of her sister Rachel, while coming to terms with a complicated love relationship, and the hardship of dealing with a tangled web of family secrets, lies, and heartache from the past that comes to the surface with intriguing links to the recent disappearance of nine year old Cailey Hamilton.
With a richly detailed description of the setting, the author easily transports the reader to the picturesque Appalachian Mountains town of White Cove, Virginia. The author's depiction of the rural small mountain town and its townspeople is a realistic portrait, you can't help but feel like you are there with Holly and the townspeople.
This is an intriguing multi-layered and fast-paced story. The complexity of the characters come alive as the mystery unfolds and the family's past is uncovered. It is a gripping and emotional tale that has a lot of depth and keeps the reader in suspense and guessing with its riveting twists and turns until the surprisingly shocking conclusion.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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