The new story coming out tomorrow is called "Trinity and the Sad Child." This is the third book in my series, but certainly not the last. This story is about losing a loved one to war, in this specific instance it is about the Korean War. So far all my stories have been set in the year 1950. A time when life in the United States was thought to be idyllic.
However, not all was idyllic at all. Maybe it was a better time with more aesthetically pleasing features. Beautiful cars, homes, white picket fences, and sensational music. I still believe we have a lot of those things, and just have to look to find them. Just because generations change doesn't mean those elements haven't endured.
So we still have beautiful cars, homes, white picket fences if people want them, and sensational music. I was privileged recently to enjoy the music of local talent in Hobbs. Additionally, I am acquainted personally with some breakout artists and talent. The next generation who will make their mark even more than they already have.
We still have some of the same enduring problems too. War is with us still. Racism is either making a bigger comeback, or the tension was building up until it finally boiled over. Hatred and fear of the police, resentment of authority figures, unrest and protests.
I'm not being dismissive of these issues. Gradually, I want to address them with my writing. I want to do these topics justice, especially in the writing of my children's stories. As best I can, I'll introduce topics that my audience of children will be able to understand in a tasteful way that can still bring awareness and provoke thoughts in children and parents alike.
I don't like that anyone would experience losing a member of their family to war. However, I want to demonstrate that a community can be supportive without being intrusive. My biggest fear about this story is that I worry that I am not doing justice to the service of the armed forces. Men and women who answer the call to defend our home and come to the aide of others in time of need.