My stories have long gestations, and
sometimes Iím only half aware a new one has begun. Some of
the story ideas are random and fleeting, like the one I had
last week. I should write a childrenís book from the
point-of-view of my car Edwina (yes, I name my cars)
and how she lived with me for seventeen years but then went
to live with our neighbors the Posts and now ferries around
an Air Force special forces hotshot at Moffett Field!
If Iím organized at that moment, Iíll make note of the idea
somewhere. I look through those idea stashes from time and
time to remind myself whatís simmering on the back, back,
back burners of my mind.
few story ideas are always close to the front of my mental
cooktop. I guess those are the ones I really want to write. Iím
delighted to say that I got to one of those last year. The
result is A Diva Wears the Ring.
A Diva Wears the Ring is a novella
about Veronica Ballard, a young opera singer who was adopted as
a baby from Russia. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area
and longs to understand more about where she comes from. One
fateful day, two incredible things happen. She receives a
gorgeous Claddagh ring from a woman sheís never met. And, for
the first time ever, she receives a letter from her birth
mother. Armed with the ring, which just so happens to have
magical powers, Veronica sets off on a quest to learn the
secrets of her past.
At this point, I bet youíre wondering
whether or not Veronica finds true love on her journey. Since
this is a Diana Dempsey book, you neednít wonder. His name is
Nicholas Laver and heís fabulous. But you already knew that.
no mystery why for so long I wanted to write an adoption story.
My sister Debbie adopted two girls from the former Soviet
Union, back when that was possibleóone from Kazakhstan and one
from Moscow. I accompanied Debbie when she traveled across the
sea to bring home her older daughter Alyssa, and it was, as you
might imagine, an incredible voyage, one Iíll never forget.
Now Alyssa and Jacinda are lovely young
ladies. Theyíve enriched our familyís life in too many ways to
count. A Diva Wears the Ring is full of love and magic,
and there is certainly plenty of that in any adoption story.
There is also loss and heartbreak, because for every parent who
gains a child to love, there is another who must give that
child away. I believe, though, that those bonds never break.
I hope you enjoy Diva. (It was
originally part of the anthology
Ring of Truth which I
co-wrote with Ciji Ware and Kate Moore. Ring remains
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