In the spring of 2017, I put my children down for their afternoon nap and tiptoed into the living room to begin this blog.
While “The Naptime Author” is still the site’s address, my children have grown. Naptime is a thing of the past. I’ve gone from being a full-time stay at home mom to a full-time mom AND a part-time teacher. And organist. And choir director. And a few other things…
Still, I’ve found stolen moments here and there and kept writing.
On this site, I share real stories from the Second World War- stories of suffering, survival, and sacrifice.
I also share reflections on publishing my first WWII historical fiction novel-Whom Shall I Fear? – and lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you’ll join me to learn and remember the history we share!
If you’re interested in checking out my debut novel, here’s the link and description!
All that Sergeant James Milburn wants is to heal. Sent to finish his convalescence in a lonely village in the north of England, the friends he’s lost haunt his dreams. If he can only be declared fit for active service again, perhaps he can rejoin his surviving mates in the fight across Sicily and either protect them or die alongside them.
All that Evie Worther wants is purpose. War has reduced her family to an elderly matriarch and Charles, her controlling cousin, both determined to keep her safely tucked away in their family home. If she can somehow balance her sense of obligation to family with her desperate need to be of use, perhaps she can discover how she fits into her tumultuous world.
All that Charles Heatherington wants is his due. Since his brother’s death, he is positioned to be the family’s heir with only one step left to make his future secure. If only he can keep the family matriarch happy, he can finally start living the easy life he is certain he deserves.
However, when James’s, Evie’s and Charles’s paths collide, a dark secret of the past is forced into the light, and everything that they have hoped and striven for is thrown into doubt.
Weaving in historical detail from World War II in Britain, Italy and Egypt, Whom Shall I Fear? follows their individual struggles with guilt and faith, love and family, and forces them to ask if the greatest threat they face is really from the enemy abroad.