Call to Cambria

  • Published: August 2002
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 212
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9780759686076

I 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.

Their 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.

There 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.

I 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.

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