Many of you may have noticed that, besides Amish fiction, I’ve been publishing some non-Amish fiction. It’s a genre called women’s issues.
You might wonder why I would want to write in a different genre. For starters, I have always loved change and welcome new challenges. And writing in this genre is definitely a new challenge.
My upcoming book, Heavenly Blues, focuses on a character, Laura, who you met briefly in my book, The Faded Photo. She is a woman just like you and I: a wife, mother, employee. In the 21st century, we might escape to the world of the Amish through the pages of my books like Plain Fame or Belle, but in reality it’s just that: an escape.
For most of us, our day-to-day lives are very different than the Amish. We juggled many different balls and, if you are like me, might have difficulties keeping all of those balls in the air.
Sidebar: Even though I traveled with the circus when I was 18 and 21, I never learned to juggle. 🙁
Laura is the kind of woman who is determined to learn how to juggle. She is not going to drop even one ball. But when she begins to take on too much, she finds herself relying on anxiety medicine to cope. There’s nothing illegal about that, right? I mean, that’s why the doctors prescribe it.
But Laura is a nurse. And when her doctor notices that she’s requesting too many refills of her medication, he changes her medicine.
The scenario painted in Heavenly Blues is a very real one. I was surprised to realize how often medical personnel become addicted to pain medicine. But there is something deeper about Heavenly Blues. How do we tolerate the stress in our daily lives? Why do we permit ourselves to continually take on more and more obligations so that we become so stressed? Why can’t we simplify our lives and our expectations so that we avoid so much stress?
I’m the queen of stress. Hands down. I always over commit and, once I make a promise, I keep it. I have a hard time saying the word “NO” because I want to help people: family, friends, even strangers. And yet, I’m normally a fairly calm person (notice the stress on the word normally…lol). I do not rely on medicines to be that way, either. And I have access to anxiety medicine, medicine that I rarely ever use. Why do some people rely so heavily on it? Why do some get addicted when others do not? Is it faith that makes the difference? Or something else? Surely we cannot say that all people who struggle with addiction don’t have faith. I’d find that hard to believe.
Laura is an unique person in that she is very real. She might not be you or me, but she is a sister, a colleague, or a friend. This is a story about how we cope with the struggles of daily life in the 21st century. It is also a story about family dynamics, faith in God, and personal strength to overcome inner demons.
I’ll be curious to learn what you think about Heavenly Blues as well as your continued feedback about The Faded Photo.