- My father’s branch of the family emigrated from northern Scotland to the Catskill region of New York State in the 1700’s prior to the Revolutionary War, and we still have family members farming and tending the old cemetery dating back to those years.
- My favorite cat of my many kitty friends over the years, was named Skippy, and spent the last four of his eleven years as a paraplegic. His tail was run over by some bicyclist, which yanked his spinal column and damaged it. Though his back legs were useless, and he needed me to press down and help express his bladder twice a day, he still insisted on going outdoors most days, and scooting around on his front legs, which got very muscular. He still managed to catch mice! He was nearly as fast as he’d been on four legs. He died peacefully 2 years ago, and I miss him still. He was marvelous.
- Up until I met my husband at 17, and we married a year later, I never figured I’d get married or have a family. I’m not really sure why I thought that. I guess because I was so shy!
- I’ve written two non-fiction books about my life and experiences. They aren’t published. Yet!
- I’ve always been fascinated by fermented and pickled foods. So, I’ve made my own yeast breads, lacto-fermented pickles and vegetables, kefir, yogurt, cheese and vinegar. I love learning new methods to preserve food in a healthy way, and I’ve started to learn what wild plants are good to use.
Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife of 41 years,
mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl.
Ever since she learned to write, she would jot down her
thoughts and impressions in little snippets of inspiration
in the form of poetry, song lyrics, or short essays.
About six years ago, she decided to try her hand
at writing a full-length book.
She’s since written five works of fiction, two non-fiction,
and is working on an idea for a children’s book,
as well as more fiction manuscripts.
Writing a full-length work is much more challenging than she thought,
and she has received so much valuable assistance from
other writers, especially from the ACFW critique groups.
Her husband has been supportive of her long hours spent
at the keyboard. Many thanks to her beloved Johnny!
She thanks God and His Son for her life, her loved ones
and the spark of creativity inside every person.
She believes each person is a unique creation,
with their own special voice and place in this amazing universe.
God’s handiwork amazes her every day!
Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden to carry. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.
Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurts.