For the 200th article on Writing to Inspire, guest Pepper Basham shares some of her inspiration for her latest novel, The Thorn Healer. Stay tuned to the very end, because there’s a giveaway!
Discovering The Thorn Healer
by Pepper Basham
It doesn’t have to be big, life-changing pain, but many of us may have experienced that kind too.
Living in a fallen world, wounds happen – what really matters is how those wounds shape us – what we do with them.
We’ve buried loved ones, faced sickness, moved our families to new places and struggled through the transitions, grieved the loss of a dream or relationship, stumbled through fractured expectations. We shouldn’t be surprised that a broken world is not only made up of broken people but causes brokenness.
But perspective changes everything.
Hope changes everything.
In a world where pain is inevitable, God gives us a story where pain is turned on its head to not only teach us that there is a future without pain, but there is a purpose within it. His story!
Thankfully, as a writer, God’s beautiful story inspires my stories – and my upcoming novel, The Thorn Healer, touches upon this very topic. From pain to bitterness to healing, the journey of WW1 nurse, Jessica Ross, takes us on familiar path toward restoration of heart.
The Thorn Healer is the third book in the Penned in Time series, a series that begins in 1915 and runs through 1918 following the lives of three women. Each book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, strength, and romance. The first book, The Thorn Bearer, shows the power of how the truth truly sets a wounded soul free. In The Thorn Keeper, the reader discovers the power of true love to create second chances and instill hope. The Thorn Healer delves into the depths of bitterness and suffering to facilitate a journey to find perfect peace.
Here’s a blurb for The Thorn Healer:
Jessica Ross’ scars run much deeper than the wounds of war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a ‘prison’ for displaced Germans. To Jessica’s dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of treacherous internees.
Will August’s tender pursuit bring Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a ‘true’ enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?
Interestingly enough, the premise for The Thorn Healer began over eight years ago when I purchased a book for twenty-five cents at a yard sale. The book by Jacqueline Painter described a German internment camp that housed over 2400 Germans in the little town of Hot Springs, NC during World War 1.
It was so much fun, challenging, and sometimes difficult, to take the research I uncovered from Hot Springs and incorporate it into this story – but oh how interesting!
With the Biltmore Estate twenty minutes from my house and Hot Springs only forty-five minutes away, I’m nerd-fully delighted to delve into the historical worlds in which my stories occur.
What about you? Are there any amazing historical areas near where you live? Place waiting for a good story? 😉
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered awards and her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times. She’s a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, her family, and Jesus – not in that order. You can get to know Pepper on her website, Facebook, Twitter, over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.
One (1) winner, abroad or domestic, will win one (1) electronic copy of The Thorn Healer. It will be given in a PDF or .mobi file for your eReader. The giveaway will run through Thursday, with the winner chosen on Friday.
How do you enter?
Easy! Just answer today’s discussion question and include your e-mail address.
The winner of the giveaway was Sylvia. Congratulations!