Welcome to the inaugural post of From an Author's POV, or in laymen's terms, point of view. This is the blog where I will invite authors to share the reason they wrote their story in order to give us a clearer perspective.
I thought that I'd start with my first book, and I'll check in periodically and share about the others I have written. Charisse was written with one word in mind: Grace. That word can also be translated into charity or love.
The idea I had was that Charisse not only needed to offer grace to those she felt had wronged her, but she needed to accept grace as well. As a young widow sitting in a courtroom to monitor the trial of the person suspected of running down her husband, Charisse sees for the first time the all-American hero, Gideon Tabor. Charisse had been fond of Gideon in high school, but he had dismissed her gentle encouragement of him following the death of his
father. Now, Gideon is the judge overseeing the trial, and he does the unthinkable. He sets the suspected killer free after a rarely entertained motion by defense counsel. Imagine when Charisse has to leave her legal studies to support her young son and the only job available is--yes, you guessed it--as a law clerk for none other than Gideon Tabor.
Gideon has long cared about Charisse, and he's owed her an apology, but his new law clerk is definitely not all in on a new friendship. The hilarity and miscommunication that ensues, not to mention the conniving Judge Delilah James, seems to put all grace on hold.
In my life, I have been offered grace in abundance, and I think back on the times that I might have withheld it from others. Writing Charisse's story was a labor of love, a message to readers that letting it go, forgiving others, is the purest form of love. After all, isn't that what our Savior did for us?
An Author's Character Sketch (Biography) and Location (Links):
Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom. She is not only a fifth-generation Floridian, she has lived her life in Titusville, where her grandmother was born in 1899.
Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ hearts. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction.