An Imagination Circle by Ann H. Gabhart
I’ve been writing for a long time. My first historical novel was published in 1978. I’ve typed a lot of words on paper or computer screen since then with These Healing Hills my thirty-third book that came out in September. Some of those books were long, over 100,000 words. Others, mostly my young adult books, came in at approximately 50,000 or less. Even so, without a doubt I’m way over two million words and counting. Well, I’m not actually counting. Computers do that for you these days. Of course, the word count does include all those short little words like the, a, an, but, and just. I stuck just in there because it’s a pesky word that pops up in my stories way too often. So often that I have to weed it out with my delete key while editing.
Having all those words slide under my writing bridge doesn’t change the excitement of a new book out for readers. Number thirty-three, These Healing Hills, is every bit as fun to see between its beautiful cover and ready for readers as my second published book way back in 1980. I said second book because it’s hard to beat the excitement of that very first published book.
But the fun of a new book is made even better when readers start sending messages telling me they’ve read my story. I’ve especially enjoyed hearing from readers about These Healing Hills since many of them have expressed how much they enjoyed following my characters’ story path up into the Appalachian Mountains.
I often say it takes two imaginations to truly make a story come to life. First the writer’s imagination as he or she comes up with the story. But then that writer needs readers to complete the circle by reading the writer’s words and making those words leap to life in their imagination. That imagination circle starts glowing each time a reader opens a new book and starts reading.
I am blessed to be able to do what I have wanted to do and have been trying to do since I was around ten–write stories. I am doubly blessed when a reader makes that circle of imagination glow by reading one of my stories. If you are a reader, thank you.
Have you ever thought about a writer and reader making a circle of imagination?
These Healing Hills Story Blurb
When Francine’s plans for her future fall apart at the close of World War II, she discovers new purpose as a nurse midwife in the beautiful Kentucky Appalachian Mountains. Will she also find healing and perhaps discover the birth of new love? RT Book Reviews says, “Gabhart’s latest historical novel intrigues, inspires and entertains. . .Humor, grace and, of course, romance give the characters life and breath, and the message of faith is gently organic and sincere.” These Healing Hills is available at bookstores or online book sites. For more information about the story and to find buy links, check out http://www.annhgabhart.com/books/these-healing-hills/
ANN H. GABHART, the bestselling author of over thirty novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who grew up dreaming of being a writer. In addition to her popular Harmony Hill Shaker novels, Ann writes about family life in novels like Angel Sister and Love Comes Home as well as her cozy Hidden Springs Mysteries (as A.H. Gabhart) set in small towns like the Kentucky town where she grew up. These Healing Hills is her first historical novel set in the Appalachian Mountains. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy country life in Kentucky. For more about Ann and her books, check out www.annhgabhart.com. You can also join the conversation on Ann’s Facebook Author Page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart or Twitter, https://twitter.com/AnnHGabhart
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