Inspiration for Web of Lies

I believe all writing is inspired by experiences in our lives. Certainly, African Hearts and my soon to be released, Web of Lies have been inspired by my life experiences.

The countdown for Web of Lies is on. Thirty-one days to release date on 1st December in bookstores and on Amazon. This novel was inspired by my teenage years when I began to think more about my world, the people in it, and why they do the things they do.

In the late sixties and seventies, I lived in a country town and was aware of teenage girls who suddenly left town for several months and then returned unexpectedly with no explanation for their absence. Eventually, my curious nature got the better of me and my investigations revealed that the young women had gone away to have babies which they gave up for adoption. I was horrified to think this sort of thing was happening in the town in which I lived.

Back then there was no government assistance and the responsibility had to fall back on the families. Also, unwed mothers were ostracised and often thought of as having loose morals in some country towns. The only option available to these young women who’d made a mistake was going away to have their baby and give the infant up for adoption.

I then wondered, what if some of the children secretly came back to be reared by a member of the unwed mother’s family, as in an aunt or other relative. This thought was the germ that created Web of Lies.

Through reading this novel, I hope you, my readers, will be encouraged, and realise mistakes can happen to anyone at any time. Lies can be told with good intentions to cover up mistakes, but what happens in later years when lies are revealed and the trust that has been with a family is destroyed? Can the knowledge of the truth bring a family back together so that all can be forgiven, or are the relationships destroyed forever? Read my novel to find the answers to these questions. Copies can be pre-ordered from Even Before Publishing, Amazon or from the “Books” page on this website.

My website is in the process of being upgraded and should be finalised this week. In the meantime here are the links:

http://evenbeforepublishing.com/lauraoconnell.html

http://www.amazon.com/Web-of-Lies-ebook/dp/B009LJH8A6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1351486835&sr=8-13&keywords=web+of+lies

I’d also like to know if you’ve told lies trying to protect those you love. Leave me a comment.

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6 Responses to “Inspiration for Web of Lies”

  1. Paula Vince says:

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for this post. It’s always really interesting to learn where inspiration comes from. I will certainly look forward to the release of Web of Lies.

  2. Maria says:

    I believe in truth. However, if telling the truth is going to get me, or someone I care about, abused in some way, then I might go along with being economical with the truth to some extent. I hope that makes sense.

  3. Thanks for dropping by, Paula. Inspiration can come from any aspect of our life or from something someone says to us and it can trigger a thought that starts the seed growing. I hope you enjoy Web of Lies.

  4. Laura says:

    Hi Maria, thanks for dropping by. Yes, sometimes we have to filter our truth. We tell lies everyday to make people feel better about themselves, but if the lie has major consequences years down the track, perhaps we need to tread more carefully than we might otherwise do. Of course, we don’t always know what will happen because life situations can be out of our control taking twists and turns when we least expect it.

  5. Helen Lacey says:

    HI Laura – wonderful post. I am so looking forward to reading Web Of Lies – congratulations on your release.

  6. Laura says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Helen. Looking forward to December 1 release day.

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