What God Knew, book three, in the Almond Tree Series, is a biracial romance between a white geriatric nurse and a black neonatal pediatrician. The day I took advantage of a research opportunity for this story began at church.
Before the pastor’s message, the choir director announced we’d have a guest musician, a university professor who would perform a medley on the piano. Undoubtedly, a multi-talented guy. When he walked up to the stage, my heart flipped. An exceptionally handsome black man perched on the piano stool. Not unlike my Dr. Michael Clark.
The author side of me immediately kicked in. Hmm. I wonder if I could ask this guy his opinion on mixed racial marriages without sounding too weird. But how would I go about it? I couldn’t walk up to him in the middle of his performance. Our church is huge and what were the chances of talking to him later?
Instead of our guest at the piano, Dr. Clark’s fingers sailed over the keys. After the performance, concentrating on the pastor’s message was hard.
Since my husband and I were sitting near the front of the church, it would be difficult to get outside in time to catch the guest musician, so I didn’t try to push my way out. My golden opportunity had evaporated.
Finally after visiting with all our friends, we left the sanctuary. Then my pulse almost pounded out of my chest. Outside, the guest musician was still there, chatting with several people. I patiently awaited my turn, praying he wouldn’t think I was a lunatic.
At long last, I had his attention, explained who I was, and asked my question: How would you feel about having a white girlfriend? What obstacles do you foresee? To my amazement, he didn’t raise his brows and stare at me. He graciously said he thought socio-economic barriers might be more of a problem than racial issues. Oh, and yes, he’s single and wouldn’t object to having a white girlfriend.
I’m still not sure if he thought he’d encountered some strange woman at the church he visited, but we’re friends on Facebook now so I’m hoping he’ll read a few of my books. But he probably won’t because most guys don’t read romance.
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God’s power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she’s seen ten contemporary romances published. Find June online at junefoster.com.
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