Once everything quieted, inside and outside, I knew it was time to start writing again. For me, the experience of writing is a bit like hiking up a mountain in thick fog. You can see the path, but only a few feet of it. Ultimately, you have to trust yourself to find the way.
I'm only four thousand words or so into the final book of the The Contract series, but I have a title, The Call for Freedom, and I like where it's headed. So this is good! Like the prior books, it is a political thriller involving international players. My background in theology and counseling really doesn't help much, so I'm constantly researching locations, rivalries, and much more. Our common humanity is at the core of why I write. No matter where we might live, we are family. I try to underscore that truth in my writing.
While on my "retreat" I read the reviews of The Culmination and beamed with gratitude. Today I share three of the reviews, and at another time, I will share others. These reviews are from writers of series. Mae Clair is a master Mystery writer. Jill Weatherholt excels in writing Christian Romance. D.L. Finn's series entices through angels and the paranormal. All three are extraordinary writers, and I highly recommend them. My sincere thank you, Mae, Jill, and Denise. 💗
I especially loved the evolution of the relationship between the two central characters, Margaret Adler, VP of the United States and Ivan Smirnov, acting President of Russia. During the course of the novel those titles change, and we learn more about each, including richly developed backgrounds. I was thoroughly invested in the difficulties Margaret and Ivan faced, both on personal and political levels. Their scenes together were among my favorites of the book. There’s also a young refugee child who factors into the story and who stole my heart.