suppose you would call this a historical novel as well as a Christian one. It
is partially based on true happenings, but written with the imagination of
fiction. I used the place as setting and created the characters from a mixture
of many of the people who lived there at the time. I lived twenty-six years in
this small Welsh-American community and fell in love with the people and their
music. Ever since, I wanted to write a story about it. So it came alive as I
placed my own characters in a familiar setting.
traditional music is soul moving. I grew to love the hymns of their annual
Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh Hymn Singing Festival). They really did raise money for a
new organ and there were the usual arguments that any church would have.
However, I wrote my own story to fit the characters I had developed and how
they would act in the situation.
was a blizzard that I lived through and was able to describe as I remembered
it. Only one character is described visibly the same as one of my friends who
is no longer alive, and that’s Tadcu, but he didn’t die like my character did,
fortunately. I’m sure the Venedocia people will recognize Tadcu.
wanted to tell a story of the Welsh immigrant, particularly of a time when
their language was giving way to English and their identities as “pure-blooded
Welsh” were waning; and I wanted to tell of the struggles that young women
ministers have in establishing themselves in what has generally been accepted
as a male profession. Megan is a strong woman, but she has to work hard at
being who she wants to be and in this story she is, all the time, becoming.