Baby's Out in the World

So the manuscript of my first novel is under review. I'm so excited, not to mention nervous! Everything is still in the early stages, but it's encouraging to know that the novel has made it this far in the process.

The story is set in 1870s Kansas in a small yet progressive town. Railroad transport is expanding east to west, and everyone is looking forward to the prospects for business and travel. The trains bring new residents to the town as well. One of the main characters leaves his home back east to escape a tragic past, but soon discovers that God has plans for him to confront his grief, guilt, and fears of loving again. As for the fiesty and determined leading lady, well, let's just say that she's not what a mild-mannered Southern gentleman would expect...

When plotting this novel, I felt God leading me to focus on the themes of forgiveness, acceptance, and letting go of the past. More on that in the next post!

For you writers, what kinds of themes do you tend to focus on in your stories? For those who don't write, what kinds of themes do you gravitate to in the books you read?