The Story behind Finding Emma

Finding Emma sounds the sort of novel that would grip me and not let go, every mother's nightmare yet, according to the reviews, still a tale of hope...

Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She's the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it's never Emma -- because Emma's been missing for two years. Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan's husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan's life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on. When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both family’s lives. 

Praise for Best-Selling "FINDING EMMA":
·         Finding Emma is a heartbreaking story of a mother's journey of hope...captured by the emotion and depth of the characters from the beginning."
·         "Finding Emma may be the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming book I have ever read...Tense, emotional and realistic it will ring your emotions dry."
I'm delighted to welcome the author, Steena Holmes, as a guest on my blog today. I always love to find out why authors write their stories, and it seems she has the same interest. So here's her post on the story behind the novel, Finding Emma. Over to you Steena...

The Story Behind Finding Emma

I always love to find out why author’s write the books that I fell in love with. I love finding hidden gems that make the stories just that much more special to me.

I consider Finding Emma to be the story of my heart - for more reasons than one. I knew when I first started to think about the story that I needed it to be hard hitting to me as a woman, a mother, a wife. I wrote oodles of story ideas but nothing was really hitting home to me until I thought I had lost my youngest daughter. My heart stopped, it hurt to breathe and it took everything inside of me not to scream. The immediate relief I felt the moment I saw her was heart changing. I knew that I wanted to write this story and in the moment that I saw my daughter come around the bush in our front yard I knew exactly what would happen.

Another reason this is a story from my heart is that my daughters helped me to write it. The three sisters in my story - Hannah, Alexis and Emma - they are my daughters. They each helped me to name the characters, they helped to create scenes and were the first ones to let me know when they didn’t like a certain scene.

Throughout the journey of writing this story I grew to realize that I needed to cherish every single moment with my children. Each hug become memorable. Each time I said “I love you” I made sure I meant it and that it wasn’t rote. My heart also broke as I researched what it meant to lose a child and I realized I could never fully understand what it meant to have a child taken away like that. It’s a nightmare I pray I never have to experience and one I pray others can wake up from and have their children found.

Finding Emma was written from a mother’s heart to a mother’s heart and I hope, whether you are a parent or one who loves children, you will enjoy it!

Steena Holmes

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