Is there a novel here?

blog imageI’ve been thinking about writing a second novel for awhile . . . well . . . since I finished the first one actually.  But since the first one didn’t sell, I’ve pushed the idea back, down underneath more productive pursuits, put it in the closet.  I felt too indulgent to write a second work of fiction, to take the time to do it, when I couldn’t sell the first one.  Stick to what works, girl.

But it keeps bubbling up, like one of those wack-a-moles.  Today I read, “When a man’s willing and eager, God joins in.”   Ahh.  I am willing.  I am even eager.  Perhaps this feeling I’m having is the presence of God joining in.

This is the idea.  It’s based on a true story of adoption gone horribly wrong where a family adopts a boy from a foreign country, but when he doesn’t perform on cue like the family’s other children, doesn’t hug and snuggle and display affection like they do, the mother becomes more and more displeased with him.  She begins to deny him love, food, the basics of childhood that her other children take for granted.  Her struggle with him becomes so profound that she can’t stand the sight of him.  He reminds her that she isn’t perfect, something she simply cann’t allow for . . . so she divorces him. 

While her husband, who loves the boy deeply, sits by and does nothing – she divorces this otherwise perfect boy, goes through the complicated legal process of kicking him out of the family.  The novel is the story of what happens to her after dismissing a child – HER child – and what happens to him after being rejected by the only two women who ever mattered to him, his biological mother and his adopted mother.

What do you think?  Is there a novel there?

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18 comments on “Is there a novel here?
  1. Kim says:

    Oh my! A very disturbing, dark novel is there. Don’t know if I could read it!

  2. Bob L says:

    Dark is right, and unexpected. But that’s beside the point. If you think it’s there, it’s there. The premise is disturbing but would allow you to explore the gamut of human emotion and behavior which could be quite compelling. You risk stepping out of your public character for all to see (face it, people just expect upbeat material from you) and that could be a factor in your decision, but writers and artists need to be true to the muse within.

  3. C says:

    As a mom with kids, I also don’t think I could read what sounds like such a very sad story. There is absolutely a story there, but maybe not the one you should tell. As evidenced by this blog, you have a gift for recounting the short moments that we all experience but then can turn them into careful introspection. You made me think whether I appreciate my husband enough after your Southtowne Mall story. Or how to feel and be beautiful with the natural look. I admire your glass-half-(or more)-full attitude each day. I need those uplifting moments to help me appreciate what I have and reassure me I’m not a rotten mom for feeling tired all day. 🙂

  4. Holly says:

    As an adoptive mom to kids from foreign countries and struggling with kids with some pretty serious issues, I would say that I probably wouldn’t read it. Why? Too much blame going to the mom. Until you’ve walked a mile……

  5. This isn’t a novel that I would purchase and read. Why? Not the genre I generally enjoy (not much you can do there), seems too dark and feels too much like real life family problems. I love you on the radio. Is there a novel in you itching to be written that is more in keeping with your positive nature?

  6. Rebecca Batty says:

    I absolutely think it needs to be written! I don’t see the blame going strictly on the mother, although I do see where it is implied that things fall apart because of her expectations not being met! From my perspective this sounds like a very real story that needs to be told! I know that for myself and those in my life, when our expectations, no matter how unrealistic, are not met, life doesn’t go as planned! I don’t see where it says this will end up, good bad or ugly!

    I would read it and know several others that would read it, too! I say, write it and let us all choose for ourselves to read it or not! I love that you start the description with “It’s based on a true story of adoption gone horribly wrong…”. I think that sets up the truth that this story needs to be told.

    Just my 2cents worth….

  7. Albert Fretz says:

    Write it, Amanda; if for no other reason than to say you did it. Sometimes there’s therapy in doing what your heart urges you to do. It doesn’t always make sense and it’s not always logical or practical. Many times it’s not until much later in our life that we see the wisdom in what we’ve done or experienced. If only one person’s heart is touched or changed then it’s been worthwhile; even if that heart is yours.

  8. Hi Amanda!

    I am a Personal Advisor from REIC we met at a couple of the Seminars you helped us with soooo graciously… see me on Facebook… I served a mission to Thailand and have had a keen interest in all things Asian ever since. Your novel idea is good. Many foreign or Asian stories are sad like that. I think some people would find it very interesting, including me. I think there are many Mormon women who would be upset at the thought of anything negative ever being written about Mothers rejecting their children. It does happen. My own Mother’s Mother rejected her. I think we could find many parts of this story relevant in our lives. Life isn’t always so ideal. There is much to learn from suffering and sorrow. I think it is difficult to make money as an author, but if you don’t take a chance and write what is in you, what inspires you I think you lose an opportunity to help others including yourself. Take a chance. I’d love to think about your book idea and write you in the future about some ideas I might have. Go for it!!!! You inspire me all the time. You are soooo amazing!! -Angela Skableund, Real Estate Investors Club Orem, UT

  9. Love your new blog!!!!!

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  11. Andrea Garland says:

    It’s not a bad idea. However, an “evil mom” scenario is too simplistic. Also, I don’t think you should let the father off the hook. I adopted a child (with complicated issues) from another country: there is a lot more going on with adopted children than not performing on cue. Is there any redemption for anyone in your story?

  12. susan watts says:

    my dear amanada you have alot of talent and you catch the readers imagation i am truly amazed of what yoou say and how you put it into words. I know alot of children adopted and they are very happy and enjoy their lifes in their in new homes. even when we have evil moms something always works out, because both of you are lookly for something you dont have. you bring much joy to people as they get to know you and enjoy your personality and down to heart thanks for all you do to keep life interesting for all of us.

  13. Andrew Pelt says:

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  15. Marc Barbezat says:

    Yes, definitely! Write it… if it’s a story that you have in you, the by all means. I would read it. I would hope for some redemption for all at the end.

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  18. Kevin S. Gardner says:

    Sounds like an interesting story, especially if the story is about how the child, despite rejection from two mothers, becomes someone who in the end profoundly impacts and helps others. Imagine for example a “Forrest Gump” type character who is abandoned by his mothers, but is able (through faith and the help of someone (Christ)) to become a simple yet profound influence in society. The adoptive mother who abandoned him may want to come back into his life after he becomes so wanted by society, and his normal reaction would be to dismiss her, but that is not who he is. He readily accepts her back.

    Go for it.

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