Friday, January 11, 2013

Author Janet Chester Bly at home office
Janet Chester Bly in office
Janet Chester Bly

This morning I was helping gals from our small church take down the Christmas decorations and do overall cleaning of the building. While mopping the bathrooms, a memory of long ago came to mind.

Aimee Semple McPherson
Aimee Semple McPherson
Back in the early 1970s while hubby attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, we also served as youth workers in a northeast Los Angeles church that provided housing. We also helped with part-time church facility housekeeping.

One day when I was dusting an upstairs library room, I felt the strangest sensation and was drawn to one of the books: an autobiography, The Story of My Life by Aimee Semple McPherson. Perhaps because I was in a Foursquare Church (her denomination) not far from Angelus Temple, the church she founded?

I began to read her story right then. This controversial, daring woman of faith fascinated me. Now, decades later, I thought of her again ... and one of the characters I was writing about in my WIP. Emilene Charpentier ... she's like Aimee ...and I didn't realize it until this moment.


I'm working on an epistolary novel set in the 1800s. Have you ever read an epistolary novel? If so, which one was your favorite? I'd really like to know. Send me a note at janet(at)blybooks(dot)com.


Mona Hodgson said...

I love it, Janet! And I look forward to reading the novel.

old guy rambling said...

Not sure if it qualifies but, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, by Robert Lewis Taylor, is similar to an epistolary novel. It is one of my all time favorite reads. In my pile (actually a pile within my hard drive) I have an unfinished young adult novel with 70 or so diary pages as the protagonist heads out on his first real life adventure-to Wyoming, of course, that’s what I know.