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When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
12/4/2015 12:00:01 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Please welcome Ane Mulligan on today's The Writer's Journey

Chapel Springs Survival is a story of loving without any prospects of fulfillment, but it's not a romance. The story was sparked by our eldest son getting himself a 21st Century mail-order bride, but there any similarity ends. Our Colombian daughter-in-law is the best thing that ever happened to our son, and we loved her from the moment we met her. But…for not telling me until after the fact, I said it was going in a book. After all, it's not nice to fool mother.
 
As I plotted this story, I wanted to move away from the cliché of Mama not accepting the new daughter-in-law, so I chased the idea of the new bride despising Claire. And the story took on life. And that's when I saw what God was doing—sort of.
 
 
In Chapel Springs Revival, Claire was always asking her husband, Joel, to come to church. In Chapel Springs Survival, she's got too much going on with her son's marriage to worry about Joel. Besides, he's finally coming to church with her. Well, he attends but usually falls asleep, much to Claire's embarrassment.
 
I also had a different idea for Joel's story, but God thought differently. What I planned never got written. In fact, with all Claire's problems with her new daughter-in-law, I totally forgot about Joel. But God had it all worked out.
 
I'm not trying to say God wrote this book. Not in the least.

But He holds my heart and mind, so without me realizing it, He directed this story, like a theatre director directs a cast. And no one was more surprised by the ending than I was.

Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Novelist and playwright, Ane is the executive director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, a new community theater and president of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket. She resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a dog of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane at her website, Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
 
 
 
Chapel Springs Survival
 
 
 
A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art.  How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive?
 
 
 
Claire Bennett's Operation Marriage Revival succeeded and life is good. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son has married a Brazilian mail order bride. When Claire tries to welcome her, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus.
 
 
 
Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa—then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Then her groom's adult son moves in—on everything.
 
 
 
From the first sighting of a country music star in The Painted Loon, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing residents to flee the area. When her best friends put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she’s got. With her son's future at stake and the town's problems to solve, it's Claire's who needs a guardian angel.
 
 
 
Buckle up for another bumpy and funny ride with the ladies of Chapel Springs. Characters are funny, caring and just want to do the right thing for the community, with unexpected and humorous results. Mulligan has written a wonderful contemporary novel that tickles the funny bone. ~ RT BookReviews, 4 Stars
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