Squeezed between my scheduled meetings and presentations in Samara, I have hopes of finding time to finish my on-site research for the novel I have been working on for the past year. Besides soaking in the ambiance of the various settings of my scenes (for those of you who are writers, you know I mean taking notes on the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures), I also need personal impressions by those who lived in and through the difficult times in which my story takes place. Authenticity is so important in writing fiction. And I’m taking on a big challenge with this novel–set in a foreign country with foreign people as characters. I’m mining my twelve trips in Russia and my still-limited grasp of their culture and “soul” to create something beautiful, truthful, and redemptive. To honor God and his good work in me. He promises to “complete it.” I’m counting on that!
So, dear blog readers. I am with some trepidation offering chapter one for your reading pleasure (I hope). www.jeanettemorris.wordpress.com/her-shining-eyes/
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