I want to give you a little behind the scenes look into what made Flowers from Afghanistan. My husband retired after 26 years as a police officer and then an investigator in our city. He immediately was accepted as a trainer for police in Afghanistan and flew out months after retiring. It was something he had dreamed of doing for a few years. It was very hard to tell him goodbye. I knew when he left that a book would be born of this adventure and it was. I wanted to honor our police families and our military families, as I know what sacrifices they make on a daily basis. I wanted to show people what that consisted of. In the creation of Mac, I was doing what we call a character interview with him. It’s where you sit down with your imaginary character and ask him or her about their life. It sounds a little crazy, but it works! Anyway, when I got to the part where I asked Mac why he went to Afghanistan, and he told me. I said no, I will not write that. I had no desire to write about the death of a child. I tried to argue the character out of it, but he was adamant. And when I tried other approaches, the character just clammed up. So, dragging my heels, I wrote that scene. In my research, I read many mother’s tales of loss. It broke my heart and I wanted to write this to represent them also. So, to my dear mothers who have lost a child, I send you my highest respect and deepest sympathy. To all military families and police families, my love and prayers go out to you, as you serve in a very deep way this day. Purchase Flowers from Afghanistan
I saved this book until I had a trip that I could read it on without interruption. I knew it would be good. I finally completed this book this month. It was so touching and made me realize what our military go thru when they are away in the battle zones. I thank the Lord that John was saved from a lot of combat areas. The Lord protected him during those times to be in schools or mandatory service elsewhere. I hope you have a sequel to this book in the works. Can’t wait for your next release.
So happy God protected John by having him in schools or elsewhere. Thank you so much, Sharon, your words mean so much to me. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Yes, I am working on the sequel!
Squeal! I am so looking forward to the sequel!
The sequel is being written!