Are you struggling with why the doors to publishing aren’t opening up for you? Author Kate Breslin has been there. Enjoy as she shares her personal journey with beauty and creativity. ~ Dawn
Listen to the Music
(A Writer's Journey)
This wasn’t my first dance.
In fact, for years I’d been the proverbial wallflower where my writing was concerned. I watched as many of my friends, some starting after I did, went on to publish novels. And while I was always genuinely happy for them, I hid my yearning to be in their place, twirling and swaying on that dance floor of success.
When would I get my chance to take a turn? After all, I’d managed to learn the necessary steps fairly well; I needed only to find a willing dance partner. Yet as I received a few interested glances my way from time to time, I never got asked. So I continued trying to perfect my routine, ignoring the Voice inside that told me I was dancing to the wrong tune.
Years went by and I took more dance lessons, bought new shoes, even a party dress or two. And I continued to stand along that wall, a flower becoming more faded as I watched others get partners and rollick in the melody.
The day finally came when I was asked to dance. Being my first time, I was thrilled and eagerly accepted. Yet as we began to move together, the notes turned dissonant and rang sour in my ears. Then I realized I was dancing with the wrong partner, following the wrong steps, at least for me.
So I walked off the floor and left the party. I began learning a new dance; steps to such sweet notes as to fill me with a kind of peace I hadn’t experienced in a long, longtime. When I had the new routine down, I attended a different party.
Now as I gaze out over the twirling, brightly dressed throng, I delight in what I see. Faces filled with Light, peaceful, glowing, adoring each and every nuance of the dance.
Someone approaches in my direction. My heart flutters. Could this be the one for me? As I’m led from my place by the wall onto the dance floor, I feel the immediate rightness of it. Joy overwhelms me as I’m swept up into this new, inspired melody. The Voice was right. All those years, I was dancing to the wrong tune. These are the notes that my heart and soul has longed for. God knew it and tried leading me back, even when my feet refused. He was always the Music and I the steps.
Now we are in perfect accord.
Write what you are meant to write. Listen to God always. Hone your craft and never stop believing. “…and He will give you the desires of your heart…” Ps. 37:4 (NIV)
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Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther
In 1944, Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, her Aryan-like looks allow her to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, to maintain her cover as von Schmidt’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.
Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths, Stella appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's indulgence gives her hope even as she risks discovery with every attempt to help the prisoners. When her bravery brings her to the point of ultimate sacrifice, she faces an excruciating choice. God may have brought her to the camp for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she cannot save herself?
A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was an RWA Golden Heart finalist. FOR SUCH A TIME is her debut novel. Kate’s writing journey has been one of faith as well as success; after years spent writing novels aimed at the general romance market, she finally heeded God’s call to write stories of how His love brings two hearts together.
When not plotting her next novel, she loves spending time with author friends, reading from her mountain of books, or watching anything Jane Austen on BBC. Kate’s also an avid gardener and enjoys taking long walks in Washington State’s many forests. A traveler as well, she’s toured most of the country at one time or another and also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’d love to hear from you so please stop by www.katebreslin.com and say hello!
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