Remember Love

My guest today, Ellen (Chris) Edson, is a fellow Skagit Valley Writers League member. Remember Love is her first novel, a story of World War II romance, family, hardship, sin and redemption.

Is this book based on family history (if not, how did you come up with the idea)?

It is partly based on family history as Daddy moved his family around a lot as he looked for work during the depression and moved to Washington State for a better paying job. However, that was not the idea for the book. I wanted to write a book about life in those days of war and fear and suffering. I wanted to show the love of God and each other that people had in those days of doing without. I wanted to put it in the form of a laid-back novel that my children and grandchildren would enjoy reading while soaking up a little history.

Are you a “late-bloomer” to the writing world or have you always been creative with words? For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to make up stories. I have written poetry for years, but have never considered publishing any of it. I did write a memoir for my children and printed it out for them about six years ago. I won a contest once for writing a jingle for the company where I was working to celebrate their fiftieth year.

I took college courses in Computer Programming when we were using MS-DOS. I was thrilled when word processors became available and now write using my laptop computer.

How did you get the information for your book?

Some of it was from memory. I did a lot of research using the World Book Encyclopedia and the internet to get the history that I wanted to be exact.

Are you a voracious reader? Yes, I love to read and once I start a book, I want to finish it as quickly as possible.

Have you been inspired by reading other authors (any favorites)? Yes, I loved the Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye and was hooked on Jean M. Auel’s series of Clan of the Cave Bear.

Do you think that helped you as a writer? Maybe. I think I may have absorbed the general feel of the love that was written in other books. When I decided to write a book, I found that I knew nothing about writing a novel. That was five years ago. I joined a writing group, I subscribed to a writing magazine, and I bought a few books about how to write. Two of my favorites are: Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham, and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas. I studied those books and magazines and believed every word. I educated myself as best I could. It has helped.

How does your background color your writing?  I have lived through a World War, and I remember how people helped each other during that time of having to do without. We did without books, but I loved stories, and made them up to tell my younger brothers. I worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for over twenty-five years in different places. That gave me insight into the different personalities of people.

Are you working on another project? Yes, I had started a couple of manuscripts, but when readers of “Remember Love” said they wanted a sequel, I started writing Facets of Love which continues Tiffany’s struggle to create a crisis center for battered women and children. I am hoping to finish it by December of 2010.

Where are your books available?

My books are available from me at my email address, on the web site, and through my publisher:

A synopsis of Remember Love:

Thirty-year-old April Chambers lives in Seattle, WA. Her husband, James, is a WWII flier and must keep his flights secret, even from April. A phone call from Dallas, TX informs them they’ve become instant parents–their teen-age niece, the only survivor of a tragic vehicle accident. In Texas  to care for Tiffany, April commits a sin that threatens her marriage. As the war takes its toll and Americans pull together to end it, this family knits itself together with love, faith and hope.

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