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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

#WednesdayWordswithFriends welcomes Barbara Britton!

Good Morning from Nacogdoches, TX!

A couple friends and I have been here since Sunday afternoon for a short writing retreat. Double blessing for me as I get to visit my son too. If you haven't filed your taxes, today is the day. We were given a reprieve when the IRS extended the file date until July - something I don't recall ever happening before, but many people will put off until the last moment what they had the ability to do months ago. Human nature I guess. I'm happy to admit mine are done so that's one less thing on my plate to worry about. But enough about me!

Our guest today has been in our spotlight with her book Until June and Benjamin so please welcome Barbara back to share some words with us on Encountering Invisible Wounds.....

My latest release was a bit different for me. I usually write Biblical Fiction, but “Until June” is set in Alaska in 1918 and not in Bible Times. Why a WWI Historical? Many years ago, I took an Alaskan cruise with my family. We ventured to a lodge outside of Juneau and heard a story about how a WWI veteran and a nurse stayed at the lodge year-round. In winter, when the river froze, the couple was cut off from society. A man and a woman alone in a lodge? That was the beginning of “Until June.”

What would make a veteran decide to go to a remote lodge instead of staying in Juneau? I thought of a veteran I met in a VA Hospital in Waco, TX many years ago. I remember meeting him, but he won’t remember meeting me. The veteran was living in another reality due to post-traumatic stress disorder. In WWI, soldiers experienced severe trauma that affected their lives as well. The disorder was called being shell-shocked.

In “Until June,” Geoff Chambers overcomes the hardships of war and learns to live again due to the persistence of his caregiver. PTSD is a heavy topic, but I hope I have brought it to life with respect and humor that shows the realities of war.

Until June can be purchased on AmazonB&N and other book retailers.   

Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Look for Barb to venture into Christian Historical fiction with “Until June.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. You can find out about Barb’s books on her Website. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Thank you so much, Barbara for sharing your inspiration behind Until June. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with your life and writing!

Hope you enjoyed the post, friends. Barbara is travelling today but she will check in and visit with you when she gets a moment so please leave her a comment.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


D. V. Stone said...

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and successful writing career. D. V. 🦉

Kara O'Neal said...

Such a beautiful story. I am reading this now and loving it!

Barbara Bettis said...

Wishing you all the best as you take on this new 'genre'. :)

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I love historical fiction and the premise of this book sounds great. Wishing you much success!

LoRee Peery said...

I so enjoyed this story. I expected a bear to greet the heroine each time she opened the door. Adventurous and romantic.

Diane Burton said...

Congrats. Wishing you much success.

Barbara Britton said...

Thank you for all the well wishes D.V., Kara, Barbara, Jacqueline, LoRee and Diane.
"Until June" is dear to my heart. Who knew vacations could be a wealth of ideas for a story.
Thanks for bearing with my late comments. I am moving a son to Atlanta which is a far cry from Wisconsin. And it's very hot here in Georgia. I appreciate all the support.

Alina K. Field said...

The story sounds wonderful. I'm glad to see a character with PTSD getting a happy ending.

Barbara Britton said...

Hi Alina. That was one of the challenges of writing this story. I had to show the effects of PTSD (shell shocked), but not make the book too depressing. I wanted readers to finish it. Thanks for joining us.

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like a story I will enjoy reading. A fascinating time period.

Barbara Britton said...

Thanks for joining us, Mary. I enjoyed visiting Alaska and writing a story that highlights the sacrifices of veterans. Researching WWI and 1918-1919 was fun.