Gifts of Grace

Author Kathy McKinsey joins us today with her collection of three women’s stories. She’s giving away a free kindle copy of Gifts of Grace to someone who leaves a comment.

Three novellas. Three women search with hungry hearts, and God shows them surprising answers.

Tammy needs a new goal to fill her empty nest, and she needs to find forgiveness for her heart. 

Mourning the loss of her baby, Judy flees to the home she abandoned twelve years ago. The family farm. Is something new waiting for her at this old home?

Iola, who is blind, struggles to prove herself as a professional and to be the mother her sixteen-year-old daughter needs during a rough time.

Watch as God opens doors these women would never expect.

I wanted to challenge myself with several things in these three novellas. It’s been more than forty years since I moved away from our family farm. I decided it would be fun to set a story on a farm.

Besides the internet, my research included questions for my brother Jim, who is currently raising cows on our home place. This story was delightful to write.

I also wanted to have a main character be blind. Since I am visually impaired, it seems like this would be easy for me, wouldn’t you think?

But, even though I struggle to put much visual description in my writing, it certainly is easier to go by the assumption that everybody can see everything. Facial expressions, body movements to show emotions and reactions toward others. Visual recognition of where things are located in a room or in an outside setting. Observation of natural actions around the setting.

I wanted the character’s blindness to be a real part of the story, but not the most important part. I didn’t go into great detail about how the blind character performed everyday tasks, and found that the story flowed more naturally than I’d expected.

Other issues I wanted to deal with were forgiveness and a teen struggling with self-harm. I enjoyed writing these characters’ stories, sharing in their relationships, learning from their struggles.

5 thoughts on “Gifts of Grace

  1. I pre-ordered Gifts of Grace and I am enjoying reading it. Like her first book-All My Tears- the stories of women facing different challenges all ring true to life. Congratulations, Kathy, on another thoughtful book.

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