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The Inner Workings of a Novel by Gloria Davidson Marlow
I’m not much of a plotter, so I’m never actually certain where the story will take me. Sweet Sacrifices took me down several different roads before finally becoming what it is today. When I began to write the story, it was set in the twenty-first century, but as it went along, I had the feeling that it didn’t quite fit here. For one thing, and this is certainly not to belittle the struggle of today’s unwed mother, women have so many more options for independence and self-reliance now than they did just a few years ago, and being an illegitimate child certainly doesn’t hold the same stigma it did back then. I plodded along, however, and it wasn’t until after I was finished the first draft, that I moved the characters from their awkward perch in the present and placed them in the midst of the Great Depression.
One of the driving forces and most difficult things for me to portray in Kendall’s story was the contrast between her life and her mother’s. As I wrote, I became increasingly attached to Lydia, Kendall’s mother, and I wanted the reader to see her as the sympathetic character that I did. Doing this without beating them over the head with it became my most difficult task.
The funny thing about a novel is how often the outer shell will change during the creation, but how similar the inner workings will remain. Regardless of what century it was set in or whether the background story was told in flashbacks, vignettes or dialogue, the characters in Sweet Sacrifices remained the same. Without Kendall’s hope-driven resilience and Luke’s persistent sense of responsibility, without all of the secondary characters being who they were, it would have been a completely different book. In fiction as in real life, people react to circumstances differently, and by doing so, they write their own stories.
As crazy as it may sound, I have to admit that as a writer, I put the story into words, but it is hardly my story. What inspired me to write it? A brokenhearted woman, a fatherless child, a man looking for the kind of love he’s never known, and the desire to make sure they found their own happily ever after.
About the Author:
Gloria Davidson Marlow was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She married her high school sweetheart two days after graduation.
As a writer, she loves telling the story of a somewhat damaged heroine and a somewhat damaged hero who are ultimately a perfect match.
In the pages of her books, you'll find a great blend of romance and suspense, a dash of faith, and a happy ending every time.