Yearlong Hibernation

After a yearlong hibernation, I am awake. Am I a butterfly? No, I’m more like a hungry bear. I’m hungry to share my latest news and WIP.

Tis the season for the Holiday bazaars! Stretching my leg in the Land of the Living, I participated in a local one. Using my new handy-dandy PayPal card scanner, I sold a few books which offset the homemade crafts and baked goods I had to have.

I also talked with the Otsego Library’s book club. They read The Trucker’s Cat for November so I joined them and chatted about my inspiration, my process, and all the juicy gossip about those characters. Luckily for me, they loved the story so it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

48fourteen is producing the audiobook for Chemical Attraction with Narrator Gary Bennett. One more step toward my favorite people coming to life. I’m excited to hear them.

I have written romance, adventures, thrillers, and even patriotic espionage. I’ve also tried my hand at screenwriting turning Chemical Attraction and The Garden Collection into screenplays. By the way, taking a book with four hundred pages and formatting it into one hundred and twenty pages maximum wasn’t an easy feat especially when I still wanted an interesting story that made sense. I gave it a shot and I loved how they turned out. They’re slightly different from the books but have the same vibe. (Any producers or directors out there who want to read them? I gotta promote my work every chance I get, right?)

Now, on to my latest WIP and an emotional 2019—the reason I hid from the outside world. I’ve stepped beyond my comfort zone and into a raw place of anger, sadness, and then understanding in this historical fiction. Ok, let me explain.

It first started after my dad passed away. We were going through his things and found a stack of letters he wrote to his parents during the Korean War. Well, my dad never talked about that time in his life. I wanted to know if these letters gave any indication why he was unbending and emotionally absent.

I organized the letters chronologically with the idea of sharing these historical documents with his grandchildren. For a month, I carefully typed up the chicken scratch cursive on pages of transparent tracing paper. At first, I thought the unreadable writing was some kind of secret military code. With my mom’s help, we deciphered his words.

As I read through about one hundred letters, I found that they weren’t quite complete. As a corpsman, Dad had antidotes about life in Korea, but the letters had no context, no big picture history. I wanted to give my family an awareness of that time period so I decided to create my own fictional story around his letters using a character from my Series. If you’ve read the Chemical Attraction Series, you may be familiar with Matt Connor’s father, Orrin. He was the perfect age and had the demeanor I needed to tell the story.

After six months of researching the Korean War, I was able to match dates and battles with my dad’s letters. I had fit more pieces of the puzzle together, and I have a thick binder to prove it.

Next, I needed to tie the letters together with a beginning, middle, and end. I spent another three months outlining a complete story battling my own emotions about my dad along the way. In a sense, this was healing therapy between Dad and me. We weren’t close in life, but I feel like I know him a little better now. Through his letters, I learned how much he loved his parents. I found inspiration in the picture above. Can you see and feel the love?

I wondered if our relationship would have been different if I had known about his past while he was alive. I will never know. In the end, it is what it is. Do I have regrets? No. I may not have written this story otherwise. I’ve made my peace. I’d like to think Dad had a hand in the fictional scenes of the story. Wishful thinking? Sure, why not? I believe we have spirit guides. Maybe my personal journey was heaven sent.

Here’s my Work in Progress blurb. What do you think?

Based on her father’s letters to his parents during the Forgotten War, Author Christina Thompson writes this historical fiction to pay tribute to Navy Corpsmen by remembering their service to their brothers and their country. Imagining her father had guarded his parents from the carnage of war, Christina elaborates on what could have happened while staying true to the dates and experiences her father shared in his letters.

“One hundred and twenty Marines wounded. Eighteen dead. All for one lousy hill.”

Orrin Connor’s faithful letters with a touching twist shield his parents from the horrors of war. Rawley Armstrong’s poignant letters give his sister the harrowing truths. Throughout their dangerous assignments in the Korean War, they debate the consequences of their choices. Orrin gains comfort in downplaying his experiences while Rawley feels a healing purge. As they get to know the Marines in their charge, the corpsmen gather a variety of opinions. Although Orrin and Rawley disagree, their friendship remains true until the bitter end.

“It all happened in twelve minutes. For some, it would last a lifetime.”

 

Dearest Mother and Dad –  coming soon