Welcome to SPOTLIGHT Author’s Blog Tour, its first stop, here on my blog. Congratulations Joyce Shaughnessy! I’m happy and excited to be the first to host Joyce Shaughnessy, our Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Author for July. I’m sure that many of you would love to get to know Joyce and her work better. You’ll enjoy the experience very much!
Over to you Joyce:
When I Decided to Write a Book
I was watching a history channel production of “The American Dust Bowl.” It particularly interested me because I live in West Texas which is definitely a barren and dusty place. I remembered my parents telling stories about the time in the Twenties and Thirties when they lived on a family farm. Their stories were exactly what TV shows had portrayed. I was a literature major and had constantly read, so I was familiar with historical fiction literature. It was a natural place for me to begin. I just decided to write a book, not realizing how much work actually goes into it. Thank God for my ignorance!
I wrote “A Healing Place,” which has been very popular locally.
A Healing Place is an historical novel based on the Great American Depression and WWII in the Philippines. Evicted from their Oklahoma farm, Amos and Molly and their three children are forced to find a new place to live. They find their healing place in Texon, Texas, a small oil camp just east of Rankin. It has everything they’ve been looking for, especially a welcoming community. Then when WWII is on the horizon, their son-in-law is in the Army in the Philippines when Japan attacks, forcing the men and women there to finally surrender. America is supplying the European front of the war first, and the Pacific is left without enough food, medicine, ammunition, or men to fight. The men are forced to walk the Bataan Death March, and Jed eventually finds himself in Cabanatuan prison camp. Addie, his wife, stays in Texon with her family. Jed finds his healing place in the power of prayer.
A Healing Place is based on the Thirties and Forties and emphasizes the
power of love, sacrifice, courage and prayer. The Millers move to Texas from
Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. Their son-in-law,
Jed, is sent to the Philippines during WWII where he walks the Death March.
Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The
first three, A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The
Unsurrendered, are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in
the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history
and historical fiction. She is also a certified editor, and has edited four
anthologies and several novels. She loves editing almost as much as writing.
She has two finished manuscripts on her desk. She hasn’t found the proper
home for them yet, but will hopefully soon. She has lived with her husband in
Midland, Texas for the last twenty-six years. They share a love of reading and
own a very large collection gathered over the years.
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