THE BOOK: Daffodils and Fireflies.
PUBLISHED IN: 2015.
THE AUTHOR: Claudia J. Taller.
THE EDITOR: Members of Skyline Writers and Word Lovers.
THE PUBLISHER: Moonshine Cove Publishing, Abbeville, South Carolina, Gene Robinson presiding.
SUMMARY: When her mother is dying, Betsy Kramer makes the uncharacteristic decision to return to her home at Windy Hill. At her mother’s funeral, Tom, the only man Betsy ever loved, returns and reminds her that daffodils were once her favorite flower. Lingering at Windy Hill, Betsy finds letters from her estranged father hidden in a hatbox and realizes the enormity of the lie perpetrated by her mother. As Betsy and Tom start spending time together, picking peaches and antiquing, Betsy faces her biggest demon, and even the fireflies hovering over the Magical Pond can’t help her. With vivid imagery and deep feeling, Daffodils and Fireflies chronicles one woman’s journey home again while rediscovering love. Although considered literary fiction, the book has a strong romance element to it.
THE BACK STORY: This book was inspired by a quiet book I read about the relationship between two women in the Arctic and how they worked out their life issues together. The character and her story evolved into a commentary on how being molested and keeping secrets can change the course of a life and how hard it is to heal the wounds. It took me five years to write it, the final version was written in a hermitage in the woods at Mount St. Benedictine Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania.
WHY THIS TITLE?: Daffodils were Betsy’s favorite flower and represent hope. Fireflies appear in the story when there are unresolved issues, sort of like nagging gnats.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? The book is a great book discussion book because it covers so much territory. Find relevant questions at http://www.claudiajtaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Daffodils-and-Fireflies-Questions.pdf. I think of the book as women’s fiction, but the publisher felt it had lots of things to say to men.
“…a thoughtful and moving novel…vivid detail and emotional depth…”-Trudy Brandenburg, author of the “Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series.”
“Claudia is a superb writer with an authentic voice…”-Betsy Muller, Artist’s Way study group leader, author of “Energy Makeover.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: I write in a number of genres, but my overriding theme is living life to its fullest. Sometimes, like it Betsy’s case, we need to let go of the things that don’t serve us. Or we may need to go forward with our dreams, as the winemakers and grape growers featured in my two wineries books did. And we may just need to take some time out and figure out what’s important, as I did in my spiritual memoir 30 Perfect Days, Finding Abundance in Ordinary Life. Find out more about me, my programming for writers and other creative seekers, and all my books at http://claudiajtaller.com/
AUTHOR COMMENTS: I’ve written over 300 articles in the last fifteen years, and they all relate to finding abundance in life before you miss it. The last piece I wrote was about a young woman who runs, and no longer drinks: http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2016/03/inspiration/one-runner-finds-strength-stay-sober-running_56493.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & noble, etc.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Website is http://claudiajtaller.com;/ Facebook is Claudia.Taller. Email address is Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org. Amazon page is https://www.amazon.com/Claudia-J.-Taller/e/B00O9OICSU.