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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Prayer and the Imagination

By Fay Sampson ~ November 18, 2016

Publishing can be a long road, even for a writer as experienced as Fay Sampson. Today she shares about her new adventure. 

Back in February, I told how I had suddenly been seized by the inspiration to write a book in an area new to me. I didn’t want to say too much about it until the book had found a home. I am pleased to say that this is now the case.

A feature of our ageing society is that we are finding more and more people with dementia. Most of us will have experience of this in our family, among our friends, and in the wider community, such as our churches. 

Dementia used to be something you didn’t talk about, like cancer. But there is a whole new move to make society more dementia-friendly. So I have written a book of prayers, interleaved with advice on various aspects of the condition: Prayers for Dementia: and how to live well with it. I am delighted to say that it has found a publisher with Darton, Longman and Todd. I have a high respect for their list. 

But it didn’t stop there. DLT thought it would sell better as part of a recognizable series. Of the subjects suggested I chose Depression for a companion volume.

I don’t have the in-depth experience of living with someone with depression as I did with dementia. Writing about it in detail, and getting into the mindset of someone with depression, or those close to them, would be a challenge. But, hey, I’m a novelist. I have spent decades researching a situation and then imagining myself into that position. If I could do that for fictional characters, surely I could put that skill to use in the service of real people. 

And so we have Prayers for Depression: and how best to live with it. The charity Mind UK was a wonderful resource, with loads of information about causes and treatment and the testimonies of those living with depression. In the end, I found writing the book not nearly as difficult as I had imagined. My publisher has described the results as ‘outstanding’. 

Publication is scheduled for April-May 2017. If these titles are successful, there could be others.

Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.

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How wonderful to be launching into a whole new area of writing, Fay. This sounds like a wonderful ministry!
-Donna, November 18, 2016

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