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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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Family Relationships: In Life and in Novels

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2010

My guest today is New Jersey mystery writer Chris Redding.  Chris is visiting Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light as part of her blog tour for her new book Incendiary which releases in electronic format next week. Welcome, Chris, Best of luck with your new release and thank you for your timely holiday thoughts on family relationships.   

 

I am writing this blog on Thanksgiving weekend.  Why is this significant? Because my sister and her husband left a little over 24 hours ago, to drive back to North Carolina.  Up until a year and a half ago, they lived about 3 miles from my house. Work took them further away.  I've adapted, as I always do, to the change. Except for brief times when my husband's job took us away from New Jersey, my sister and I have lived near each other for more than twenty years. In fact I lived with her at one point prior to my marriage.

So holidays for me mean family.

In the whole Hallmark tradition.

Sorry. No juicy stories of Aunt Edna getting drunk and insulting Cousin Ethel's hat. Those stories are from when our parents were alive. That generation is gone now. The last of my mother's brothers died in January.

Our holidays are punctuated by laughter. We all like each other. Really, we do. And with my sister in North Carolina, everyone descends on my house. And I love every minute of it.

In my latest book, Incendiary, out in electronic form December 15, Chelsea lives in the same house with her brother. They have conflict. Lots of it. She has the family fortune. Her brother isn't a fan of that. She's an EMT who runs the local first aid squad. He's the chief of the local fire company. In New Jersey, where the story is set, fire and EMS, when volunteer, are often separate and it leads to tension.  This just adds to the baggage between them. But neither of them want it to be this way. To make matters worse, Chelsea's love interest used to be her brother's best friend. And now they have to team up to stop a crime.

What is a girl to do?

All I will tell you is that the ending is happy. I won't tell you how the pair manages to bridge the gap between them. That would give away the story.

This Christmas, I have a challenge for you. Bridge one gap in your life. Reach out to someone, whether a family member or friend, and try to forgive them or ask forgiveness from them.

You might have your own happy ending.


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, kids and various animals.  When she isn't writing, she works part time for her local hospital.  Her latest, Incendiary, will be out December 15 in electronic format and in print Spring 2011.

Incendiary: An EMT and a firefighter must join forces to stop an arsonist in their town.

Corpse Whisperer (Kindle only): A paramedic must solve a murder that hasn't happened yet.

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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.

www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Thank you for being my guest today, Chris. Your thoughts on family relationships are so interesting. I'm wondering if having a close family helped give you the security to write about family conflict.
-Donna, December 10, 2010

Looking forward to the release of Incendiary!
-Jenn Nixon, December 10, 2010

I appreciate your sharing, Chris. (And thanks to Donna for giving over her blog to such an important topic). Like you, I have a brother who lives much too far away from me now, in Oregon. Especially with a new baby daughter just adopted, and the little ones on my end, this loss cuts deep. Holidays when we come together are almost always pure fun--but oh, is it hard when he and his family leave. Luckily, I do still have a sister nearby, and we're all blessed to have our parents--who do the hosting! But genuinely enjoying family is a gift I'm always grateful for. My own husband hasn't been so lucky, and recently he's worked hard to bridge a gap just as you suggest. It took forgiveness on his part--and hard work on the part of the person who earned the forgiveness. May the same gifts be spread around to all your readers, Donna--and more. Thanks for the post, Chris.
-jennymilch, December 10, 2010

Jenny, thank you somuch for sharing your story. Chris's story struck a chord with me, too, becauseour family is so spread out: children in Los Angeles, Boston, kentucky and Calgary--almost as far as we could be spread and still be on the same continent. And this is the Christmas the children all go to the other side of the family so Stan and I will be cozy here in Boise with lots of church and friends.
-Donna, December 10, 2010

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