Last year I released The Heart Collector and I must say, it's one of my favorite Madison Creek Township novellas.
When I was younger, I heard about someone writing a letter to their "older" self concerning the guy they hoped to eventually marry. I thought that was a brilliant idea! So, I did the same thing.
You know, planning out these thing in advance is prudent for a young girl who has a whole life spread out before her.
I kept that letter in my special box, waiting year after year for me to open before I married Mr. Right.
And that night before my wedding, I opened my secret box, pulled out the yellowed envelope, and slowly opened it. The penmanship was in childish print, odd sized letters and hearts over the i's. The paper was torn from a school notebook and still had the ripped tabs running down the side.
Taking a deep breath, I read through the letter, written by my younger self.
After about halfway through the letter, I was laughing so hard, I almost fell off the bed.
Yeah, I didn't pick a guy like I described. Not at all. And that's probably a good thing. Don't you think?
Many, many years later, I was talking with some friends about that letter. We were all laughing about it. Turns out, I'm not the only one who'd done such a thing. Later, it hit me. What if a young girl had written out such a description of her dream man, and someone found it? Someone who also had aspirations for his future wife.
And that, my friends, is how a story was born.
So, once I had the story idea, I had to come up with characters to populate it.
From the start, I pictured Sara Haven as a polished river rock. She is steady, but worn down from life's travesties. She's reserved, yet determined to remain standing. She has to for her son, Alexander.
So, there you go, the main casts of The Heart Collector.
Of course, there's a few other favorite characters that pop in and out of this story. You might be surprised to learn that Sara is Haley Madison's cousin. Well, Haley's dear ol' Aunt Daisy is Sara's grandmother, so there you go.
It's a small world. isn't it?
The scripture for this book comes from Psalm 61:2.
From the ends of the Earth, I call to You.
For the whole month of February, The Heart Collector will be on sale for only .99¢ on all distributors.
I had a few songs that went along with The Heart Collector, but I picked this one to share with you. It seems to sum up the story best. Below will be a list of places where you can pick up your own copy of The Heart Collector. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.