Matt: Your characters deal with many challenges ranging from growing up with alcoholic and troubled parents, spousal abuse, being raised in a very strict and religious household, how to comfort those grieving, loneliness, and finding love. Do you have a personal connection to the issues raised in your book?
Barbara: I do. Yes I was raised in a really strict religion and had parents who sort of ignored me. And, I think the beautiful thing about living a spiritual life is that it’s not the circumstances, but what you do with them. To me it was so important to show the humanity of all these people, even the terrible actions of parents and friends. And, in all the confusion truly there is this beautiful thread running through it that you can be free when you learn how to surrender to those who love you and to the moment which provides all the care you could possibly need.
Matt: How do you find beauty in those moments of darkness when you have such terrible circumstances?
Barbara: . . . I saw a documentary on the Holocaust a couple of nights ago. And, no there wasn’t joy in the camps there. But, these people managed to locate the joy in their hearts in these most difficult circumstances because they were true to themselves. If you’re true to your self, not your outer circumstances… joy is available to you every moment.
Thanks to Matt Welsh for this great chance to discuss the power and importance of fiction!