I am writing my first novel, tentatively titled The Derailment of Noah’s Mother. It is a tale of secrets, lust, and lies that erodes a family over the span of four decades.
Martha is governed by fear and shame over her long-ago sins. She has vowed never to reveal the truth of what happened in 1958, the year Alicia was born. The devilishly handsome priest was the only other person who knew the whole story, and he’s been buried for many years.
In the 1990s, Alicia wearies of her mother’s interference and fearful religiosity as she navigates motherhood with her special child, Noah. She feels abandoned by her increasingly distant husband. Alicia needs support, but after a letter cracks the past wide open, the fallout is enough to fracture their family, leaving Alicia isolated and spiraling downward.
This story of a mother’s love for her child touches on themes of sin and forgiveness, fear and hope, love and lust, motherhood and identity, and asks if one special boy can bring a family together.
I write short stories that illuminate the drama of ordinary lives. I submit some of these stories to literary journals. Others I include in my quarterly newsletter.