Gift of the Magpie takes place in December a few days before Christmas. Richmond, Virginia has had a huge dumping of snow. I planned a scene in which Cam cajoles Amanda into putting her book deadline aside to build a snowman. But, for my story, building a snowman seemed such a cliché. Then I remembered, when I was eleven living in Norfolk, Virginia, a huge snowfall had occurred. I’d begged and begged my father to build an igloo. So, for my story, ideas brewed as to how I could use what happened that day.
My father always liked to figure things out, so my appeal for him to build an igloo must have piqued his interest. Daddy set to work cutting blocks of snow with a shovel and formed them into the shape of an igloo. My job was to smooth snow over the cracks between the blocks. Daddy became engrossed in the project, but my fingers and toes soon hurt. After I’d begged my father to create the igloo, I couldn’t desert him and go inside the house.
The pain increased until my toes and fingers went numb. Finally, when the perfect igloo was complete, we clomped inside the house. I was relieved, until the thawing process caused excruciating pain in my toes and fingers, worse than I’d experienced outside. I rubbed my hands together and held them over the heating vent. Nothing worked. I suffered alone, not daring to say anything to my father.
A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, author of Gift of the Magpie and Calculated Risk, writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. When she’s not writing, Zoe enjoys her grandchildren, teaching Bible studies, leading writing workshops, knitting and crocheting ministry shawls, and canoeing. She lives with her husband in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. www.zoemmccarthy.com. Buy link: http://amzn.com/B073M8X4YZ