Anyway, I am thrilled to welcome Janet to the Chocolate Cafe today.
We're having an unwholesome combination of Sticky Buns (for National Sticky Bun day yesterday) and dark chocolate milk. We've even thrown in a bowl of fruit to negate any calories from the Sticky Buns.
Now, let's see what the lovely Janet Dean has to tell us about one of her most memorable characters:
I love Callie Mitchell, the heroine in Wanted: A Family, a woman of courage and conviction, not afraid to do what's right in the face of strong opposition from friends, family and even members of her church. A pregnant widow, Callie faces the daunting task of rearing her child as a single parents and relates to unwed mothers, often alone and desperate. Callie's best friend died at her own hand, rather than subject her family to the disgrace of pregnant unwed daughter. Determined to prevent such tragedies, Callie opens her Victorian home as a refuge for unwed mothers, not condoning or judging, just giving these women her support.
In order for Callie's motivation for unwed mother's to be strong enough to withstand the opposition of people she holds dear, I made the issue personal and emotional by adding Callie's best friend's tragic suicide. Hopefully this issue in Callie past helps readers to put themselves in Callie's shoes and not only understand her motivation but also sympathize and root for Callie's goal.
Wow - what a story, Janet.
And it was beautifully done in her book, Wanted: A Family.
Thanks for sharing with us today!
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
- Orison Swett Marden