I’ve always been amazed that a flower so delicate, so perfect, so truly beautiful could rise from the murky waters of my fish pond. My basement was once flooded with water from my pond, so I can testify to the fact that it is not at all nice and smells awful, too – algae, fish excrement, scum, dead bugs and rotting leaves all add to the mix.
Yet a bevy of beautiful water lilies float serenely on top of this water throughout the summer – shining in the sunlight, radiantly blooming despite their humble beginnings and shadowy pasts.
My new release, Water Lily, is the second novel in a trilogy about three sisters set in fictional Maple Valley, Iowa and Red Oak, Minnesota. Water Lily, which begins on the night of Jake Sheffield and Michelle Jones’ 20 year class reunion, takes a look at topics like beauty – inner and outer, the self-esteem issues women and men face as they mature, and for two characters, a dance with breast cancer.
Water Lily… Once upon a very long time ago, Jake Sheffield and Michelle Jones graduated from the same high school.
Jake can’t wait to take a trip down memory lane at their 20th class reunion. Being with his old friends is like guest starring in a favorite episode of Cheers. Everybody knows your name. Everybody’s glad you came.
The last thing Michelle wants to do is dredge up a lot of old memories and relive a part of her past that wasn’t that great in the first place.
Will the murky waters of the past destroy their dreams for the future, or will a water lily rise from the depths and bloom?
It has long been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet as a society, we often define beauty and sadly, measure our self-esteem, in terms of movie stars and football players. What makes a person beautiful to you?
I’ve been signing each copy of Water Lily I’ve sold “To a truly beautiful person” because I’m sure that on some level each of them is beautiful – whether fat or skinny, short or tall, big-nosed or small.
While we’re talking about true beauty, I’d like to ask you to think of someone you love – mother, father, spouse, friend or hero, and write a brief response about what makes them beautiful to you. (Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you.) My objective husband and I will be reading your responses, and on October 7, choosing someone from those who respond to win a free, autographed copy of Water Lily .