Happy Tuesday, my friends! Today, I have the privilege of hosting my friend and fellow Nebraska author Angela D. Meyer. Angela’s second book, Where Hope Starts, just came out last week, and I wanted to share with you a little bit about her story, and why you should pick up this awesome book!
Thanks for being on the blog today! What inspired you to write Where Healing Starts? Are any of the characters inspired by real people you know?
When I was a young adult, the early years of being out of the house and on my own, I had numerous conversations with my sisters about why we did life the way we did. We each had similar upbringing, yet each of us turned out so different. What from our childhood influenced certain behaviors and choices?
This morphed into the idea of the Hannigan family. How their upbringing influenced who they became as adults and how they worked past those dysfunctional influences to find God and His grace for redemption.
This is not in any way a retelling of my family, although when it comes to emotions, personalities, and experiences, there are bits and pieces of people I have known.
Where Healing Starts is your second book, but it takes place in the same world as your first novel, Where Hope Starts. Is this a sequel of that book, or can it be read alone?
Where Healing Starts can be read alone, however, in each story, I do mention things from the previous books and give you hints of things to come that will tie all three books together. There are a couple threads that have partial resolution and will be wrapped up in book 3.
Your books address some tough topics like infidelity, alcoholism, addiction, abuse, PTSD, and self-destruction. Why do you find it important to write about these issues? What is one thing you want readers to take away from Where Healing Starts?
That God can and does redeem anything that we are willing to give to Him.
Do you have any plans to continue the stories of the Hannigan family of Applewood Hill?
I am currently working on the third book in the series, Where Joy Starts, which continues with the story of the last two Hannigan siblings and God’s redemption in the middle of their family’s dysfunction.
Thanks for visiting us here at Inkspirational Messages, Angela!
Where Healing Starts
Joanna, full of bitterness over the past, can no longer ignore the growing storm inside her and is bent on self-destruction as she seeks to ease her pain. But the refuge she seeks is always out of her reach.
Her brother Blake must choose between what has always been safe and what he has always wanted. One mistake after another leads him down a dangerous path.
The one for all, all for one sibling bond can’t help them now. They are both determined to hang onto their anger, never forgetting. Never forgiving. They see no reason to trust God.
After so many years of turmoil, will the Hannigan siblings find refuge in the God who loves them? Or will they get lost along the way?
Read first chapter of Where Healing Starts HERE.
Watch the book trailer HERE.
Buy the book from Amazon HERE.
Angela D. Meyer, author of The Applewood Hill Series, lives in NE with her husband of 25 years and their high school daughter. Their son serves our country in the Marines. Angela enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, connecting with friends and encouraging women to grow in their faith. One of her dream spots to vacation is next to the ocean and someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon.