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An Excerpt from ANESSIA'S QUEST:
Helping Others Through Writing
By Karen Arnpriester
As a mature woman, the desire to write was ignited in my spirit. I can’t tell you why now, but I know that it has become a very real part of who I am. My life has been filled with trials and difficulties, just as everyone else’s. I made big mistakes, learned life lessons and survived. I came to realize that my life lessons could be put to pen and encourage others that are traveling the same paths.
My first book Anessia’s Quest was purely fictional. Children in the foster care system have always tugged at my heart. So much so, that I became a foster mom, adopting our two daughters and fostering more. I also struggled with the point of life, what purpose do we serve? Does it matter that I existed? Foster children and questions about life prompted the subject of my book. I only had a beginning and an end for my story. The rest of the book was an emotional journey that I traveled through as I wrote. The characters and events flowed in as the story evolved. When I was finished, I knew that I would reach the hearts of readers and encourage them to consider the ripple they generate with each response and gesture. It also healed a part of me, knowing that each of us is born with divine intent.
My faith in God had been a battle from the age of eighteen to forty. I decided many times to be an atheist but God had connected me to Him in ways I could not ignore. When I began writing Raider’s Vendetta, I did not see the connection to my own life until the story was finished. I realized that I was Raider and Charley, the mature Christian woman in the story. The pain, anger, discovery and resolution were mine. There was a sense of freedom that came with the completion of Raider’s Vendetta. I realized that God had provided me with answers that I could share for some of the difficult questions that kept me separate from Him. There are still answers I seek, but I trust that I will find peace and understanding at the chosen time.
My third book, Leadbottom, is my life. I was not equipped to write this story, not at first, but I know that this is the book I am supposed to write. Anessaia’s Quest was sticking my toes in the water, Raider’s Vendetta was floating without assistance, and Leadbottom is jumping off the high dive. I struggle with how truthful to be. Do I want my children and grandchildren to know all the dark secrets I protected for so long? Most everyone encourages me to be transparent and honest. The more honest I am, the more profound the story of healing will be, but it is my heart on those pages, my shame, and my guilt. Yes, it may inspire, encourage and even educate, but at what price? I tell myself that God knows all my stuff and He forgives me. It doesn’t matter what mortal man thinks, but as I come to events in my story, I think about how I will be seen. Will readers judge or be thankful that someone said it out loud.
So, for now, Leadbottom will be fiction, inspired by a true story. Not even the people closest to me will know exactly what is true and what it contrived. The names will be changed to protect the guilty, including myself. Writing Leadbottom is scary and I ask myself why continue, but I know that this story, my story is my divine intent. I can bring the damage of bullying out into the open so that others might identify the pain and self-loathing in themselves or their loved ones. I am praying that they will seek healing and God’s grace to know their value and cherish who they are. Who knows, when I’m done, it may be non-fiction.
I encourage those of you who have allowed the idea of writing to dance through your imagination to step out onto the floor. You may only entertain yourself, but you could bring hope to others lost in the struggle of life.
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Karen Slimick Arnpriester is a Christian fiction author (Anessia’s Quest and Raider’s Vendetta) who writes about real life conflict and struggles. Her stories do not sugarcoat the trials that humanity must endure, whether is it abuse, abandonment, addictions or the need to discover the purpose of life. Karen wants to challenge the reader to evaluate their beliefs and where God fits into their lives. The stories are sprinkled with blessings from Heaven in the form of angels, miracles and God’s divine intent. Karen’s next release, Leadbottom, is a story of bullying inspired from a true story. Mrs. Arnpriester resides in Manteca, California and is a wife, mother, grandmother and adoptive mother of her foster daughters. While writing is her passion, she also owns a successful graphic art business, Karen's Koncepts.
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