As Angels Watch, a Christian romance novel, is an uplifting story about Collin and Jewel, a man and woman who live in different countries and get to know each other through the Internet. Ultimately, they make plans to meet. However, Jewel is a school teacher who learns disturbing news about one of her students. Meanwhile, Collin loses his best friend in a tragic accident. By the time they meet, there is so much going on in their lives that it adds a new dimension to their relationship.
How did this story come to life?
American-born Michael T. Ingram wrote his way into my life several years ago, wondering if I might be interested in writing a book with him; this story was born and – during the summer of 2005 – my daughters and I made the drive from Manitoba, Canada to Virginia, USA to meet Michael and his wife. I felt I had grown so close to both of them that I just had to meet them in person. We had a wonderful time – with them and their family – and planned to return to see them again within the next few years.
Michael and I both fell in love with the characters of Collin, Jewel and Tracey; they became real to our hearts and souls. We cared for them as we would precious friends, even family members. We had hoped to write a follow-up story so readers could get to know the next chapter in their lives – but it was not to be.
Life became busy for me with raising children, working and so on. By the time life slowed down a little and my children and I were preparing to make a second trip to see Michael and his family – in 2011 – I received devastating news: while undergoing a surgery to remove a longstanding brain tumour, Michael suffered a stroke, paralyzing the left side of his body.
As if being paralyzed wasn’t bad enough, I remembered that Michael was left-handed and, immediately, my heart shattered. I told his daughter there was no way the kids and I could visit during such circumstances. I told her (and myself) the family needed to adjust to all the changes, that the kids and I would return to visit when things had settled down – when everyone had grown accustomed to a new way of life, adjusting to their new roles.
Was I right? Was I wrong? I don’t know. I just knew that, if it happened to me, the last thing I would want is to be entertaining guests. I’d be afraid to see the pity in their eyes, if they could even look me in the eye without feeling uncomfortable. I loved Michael and his family too much to even attempt making a visit at such a time – but the time will come that we shall see them again.
Back to our book
Recently, I took another look at the story Michael and I wrote. In all the years it had been listed, no one was taking the time to read it. It was merely sitting “there” and it seemed a shame that such a wonderful story would be overlooked by the masses, continually. I knew it could be re-born.
Discarding the initial title, Finding Tracey, I made it into a stand-alone title, As Angels Watch – with the potential of a second book being written if there is enough demand to know what happens next. If Michael would be able to help in such an endeavour, it would be wonderful; if not, sadly, I would have to do so on my own. Even so, I would remember the energy with which he wrote the first book, making the journey easier.
In all honesty, many authors have trouble writing stories together. Conflict arises in various areas of the process. However, Michael T. Ingram and I had no issues. We got along well with each other, we had similar values and beliefs and, to a large degree, it was as if the characters were telling us their stories and we just had to go along for the ride.
We would love for you to take a few moments to read more about As Angels Watch, a wonderful story of love and redemption which is sure to tug at your heart.
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