I first began writing War-Torn Heart back in 2005. I stepped away, then picked it back up several years later to finish it.
As with most writers, I can tell you that these characters have lives of their own. They often do things that will shock and surprise even the writer, and this story is no different.
I was so saddened when WWII claimed the life of someone close to my main character Abby. I didn’t want it to happen, but it did.
But then a few chapters later I noticed a supporting character becoming very ill, losing weight, becoming despondent. I can tell you with all honesty that I bawled like a baby when I realized this character was dying of cancer. I prayed that God would spare this fictional person.
I had no idea that years later I would be watching my best friend struggling with cancer. I’ve also watched two good friends and my own father struggle through chemo and recovery. The parallel is almost haunting and is certainly devastating. Rereading the story myself in the editing process shattered my heart all over again.
Cancer affects everyone. Even fictional characters. I’d love to tell you more, but I don’t want to give away anything from the storyline. I can only pray that a cure can be found soon.