Shannon here: Women’s fiction author, Elizabeth Maddrey shares the inspiration for her latest release, Faith Departed. Comment on this post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: March 15th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Elizabeth:
Infertility is one of those things that sneaks up and bites you from behind. I don’t think anyone expects it—certainly no one looks forward to it. And yet, so many people experience it. But even with as prevalent as it is, it also seems to be something that you’re not supposed to talk about (assuming you want to.) I’ll be honest, when my husband and I were going through various treatments to try and start a family, it was some of the hardest years of our marriage. But walking through those trials together brought us closer—and helped us rediscover romance.
In many ways, though, I think we’re in the minority. We’ve watched as other couples we know have walked that path, and seen the damage it’s done to their marriages. Even though they’ve stayed together, all that stress takes a toll—and it seems to primarily affect the romance. Sure, as you’ve been married a long time, your relationship is going to change, but some element of romance should remain. When you deal with infertility though, the physical aspect of your romantic relationship becomes so monitored and all-consuming, it can often start to feel like a chore. And when that happens, everything in your relationship starts to suffer.
We found that we had to start being purposeful about the romance in our marriage. Little things like leaving notes for one another in our day planners or turning off the TV in the evening and instead playing a board game or doing a puzzle together. Little things that help keep your connection fresh and remind you why you fell in love in the first place.
Ultimately, our struggles with infertility turned into my recent release, Faith Departed. While the book isn’t technically a romance (makes sense, since the main characters are already married), the book deals with the loss—or at least lessening—of romance within marriage, and how important—and worthwhile—it is to work to get it back.
About the book – Faith Departed: Starting a family was supposed to be easy.
Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group.
Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children. But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering.
Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial?
About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of WashingtonD.C.
with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey, Twitter: @elizabethmaddre, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emaddrey/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ElizabethMaddrey/posts.
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