It is my pleasure to welcome the author of Disrupted Lives Brenda Youngerman, as my first Guest Writer at The Wytch's Mirror. While Brenda is making the final touches to Disrupted Lives, and getting ready for its release, she is sharing some of what has gone into her latest project.
Guest Writer - Brenda Youngerman
The Wytch's Mirror
I am often asked what makes me want to write the book I have just written or the book I am writing and that is always a really hard question to answer. The reason for that is because although I set out to write a book with an idea in my mind, that is never the book that ends up being the final outcome. Let's take for example, Disrupted Lives.
I started out writing a book about adoption and how that fifty years ago teen pregnancy was handled quite differently than it is handled today - and although I did delve into that subject in Disrupted Lives this book became something much, much deeper than that! I had no inclination when I started the book that it would end up spanning one hundred years or that it would become a tale of social and racial discrimination. That just happened!
I have a degree in history and as I started the research into the time frame of the 'unwanted' pregnancy, I could not ignore the other factors happening at the same time. Vietnam, civil unrest and anti war rallies all happened. But to get to that period I had to back up even further. This book ended up being written backward and then forward.
I have actually never had so much fun writing a book - nor have I ever worked so hard to write a book. The most amazing part of it is that it only took 10 weeks!
The book cover - that is a biggy! I usually have it all figured out by now - but Disrupted Lives is a different - there are so many things going on in this book that capturing its essence on the cover is elusive at best. I have suggested a large Southern mansion with two different couples set of to either sets of the foreground - one affluent and one not so - but I have a feeling the art department might not get what I actually want.
"Those who do not learn from their past are condemned to repeat it."
I have lived in Southern California all of my life and grew up in a large family. I had the auspicious luck of being the youngest member of that family. My parents divorced when I was young and that was during a time when divorce was not the 'in' thing to do, so we were the only kids in school with divorced parents. I became an observer, or an outsider, looking in. It was not an envious position to be in as a child, but made great memories for later stories.
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