We welcome Phyllis McManus today. She is an author who turned painful loss into rainbows. Will you share with us your story?
My writing started as therapy when I lost both my parents in a car wreck in 2002. My world stopped and I wanted to stop with it. Finally, I went to my doctor and he suggested I start writing every emotion I was having down on paper. I took his suggestion to another level and decided to write about my momma and daddy and the things they had shared with me all my life. There were more tears falling on my paper than words. I kept my parents’ names, but changed the book from nonfiction to fiction.
My writing came from my heart. I’m told this shows in my characters.
How long did it take to finish?
Writing has been the rainbow in my cloud that God has given me, and I thank Him every day.
Was it hard for you to begin speaking?
Several organizations asked me to share my experience. I never thought I could stand before a group and talk about my feelings, but soon learned I enjoyed helping other people find themselves once again, as I did.
I understand you wrote a poem.
Yes, I wrote a poem titled, “The Edge of Darkness”. It focused on Alzheimer’s which is what my mother had to live with. It won 1st place nationwide in a poetry competition.
Congratulations, that’s wonderful.
Tell us about book Southern Patchwork Quilt.
Southern Patchwork Quilt is a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memories, recipes and quotes. Even though the majority of the work is fiction many are written straight from my heart and as true as our sweet Southern breeze on cool afternoons.It released in May of this year.
What about Do I Know ME?
Sunny Miller enjoyed a top paying business career in New York until she received a letter letting her know her momma, Tessa, needed her. She got on a plane and rushed back to her home town of Monroe, North Carolina. Arriving home and talking to her momma,
she realized her momma’s mind was changing. She had Alzheimer’s. A lifelong friend and sister by choice of Tessa, was determined to stand by her side. They told Sunny about secrets they had hidden away. This book is filled with laughter, understanding secrets, rebuilding relationships, and finding true love. It also deals with the understanding of Alzheimer’s and how it takes a group of caring people to help deal with the journey of this dreadful disease. It was released in November 2016.
The book you released in February 2015. What about it?
Southern Secrets is a sequel to The Southern Belle Breakfast Club. The ladies had no idea how their life was going to change after they buried their best friend, Gracie. Gracie had been called by the others the “mystery lady,” and this was certainly true, even after her death. She had written letters to the others that could only be opened when she died. Each letter held a secret that she had kept her entire life. She needed her friends to help her take care of unfinished business. The mystery that followed Gracie to her death was soon to bring a challenge to her friends. Their friendship of over thirty years would continue even after death.
These all sound heart-felt and the type of book I would like to sit down and have a whole day to read all of them.
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