Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Blog with Pamela Griffin

I am blessed to have joined Heartsong Presents a decade ago and thankful to all my readers who’ve supported me over the years. Your letters and notes have meant more to me than you will ever know. You people are awesome! :)

I have greatly enjoyed working on the Titanic/New York/Connecticut series since its inception in 2000. In Search of a Memory will mark the 2nd of the last four books with regard to these families. In the first generation of stories, you met survivors of harsh circumstances who reached out to God as their lifelines. To name a few: Annabelle, a naive young woman forced to mature quickly once she reunited with her childhood love aboard the ill-fated Titanic. . .Charleigh, another passenger, who upon being rescued disguised her identity in order to escape revenge from her former accomplice in crime. . .the brash but loveable cockney Darcy, who grew up on the poverty-ridden streets of London and whose hare-brained schemes gained her the notice of Brent Thomas, the proper schoolmaster at a reformatory for boys. . .his criminal brother, who found love with a missionary’s daughter on a South Pacific island, after being washed ashore when a former mob boss tried to kill him. . .and many more. The “In Search of” series brings together these families one last time, highlighting the dangers and triumphs their children face as the second generation of Thomases, Lyonses, and Fontaines search for love and hope in a world hurting for both during the Great Depression.

For part of my research, I had the intriguing experience of visiting a family owned Christian circus that came to our area and interviewing the head of it. I incorporated many of his facts into my fictional carnival, the setting for my book, while trying to keep it plausible for the historical 30s. I learned the differences between traveling carnivals and circuses as well as many other fun trivia bits I sprinkled throughout my story—I love to learn new things. :) At the request of readers who asked for more about Lila and her daughter Angel, both who made their debut in Heart Appearances, I made this their story, also bringing into the mix the grandson of a notorious enemy who almost destroyed the Thomases lives.

I like to take the villains, the riff-raff, and other people considered lost causes—and show that through God’s grace and love, no one is a lost cause to Him and nothing is impossible to accomplish. This story is no exception. I hope it inspires and entertains all who read it.

God bless you all! :)

Who is one of your favorite fictional redeemed heros or heroines?


  1. Aaron McCarverFebruary 24, 2010

    One of my all-time favorite characters period is Ebenezer Scrooge. "A Christmas Carol" is a wonderful story of his redemption. (I love the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge best, but the newest with an animated Jim Carrey is good, too. The 3-D version was spectacular!) I also love the book and animated version of the Grinch. The heart growing, or changing, as he comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas is a wonderful way to describe redemption. (I do not like Carrey's version of this story as the meaning is changed.) I guess I am a softie where Christmas stories are concerned.

  2. I love Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice—the A & E version is my favorite with Colin Firth. And Aaron, I, too, am a softy for Christmas stories.

  3. I like Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"--especially at the end. I feel like she goes through a major self-overhaul during the story. And not to steal from previous posters, but the Grinch is definitely a close second.

  4. I agree with Aaron, Scrooge is one of the best, though my favorite version stars Alastair Sim as Scrooge. :)