My guest today is Emily March, a writer I met years ago when she was Geralyn Dawson. In reality, she’s both, and it’s great to see that her new Emily March series is doing so well. Please welcome Emily to Alive & Knitting!
Since the name of Deborah’s blog is Alive and Knitting, I thought I’d write on a topic that’s somewhat related–quilting and forgetting.
I write a romantic women’s fiction series about a small Colorado mountain town called Eternity Springs. The quilt group, the Patchwork Angels, is very involved in the social fabric of the town. Because one of their members has Alzheimer’s disease, as part of their summer quilt festival, they invite a special exhibit of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative to town as a fund-raiser for the group.
Here is where fiction and reality meet. The AAQI is a very real, very wonderful organization.
The Alzheimer Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity devoted to raising awareness and funding research through art. It turns small-format art quilts donated by its supporters into research dollars through online auctions and sales. The all-volunteer effort has raised more than $550,000 for Alzheimer’s research since it was founded in 2006. You can visit the AAQI website at www.AlzQuilts.org.
Recently, I traveled to the International Quilt Festival in Houston where I interviewed the founder of the charity, Ami Simms. You can see the interview in the Emily’s Videos section of my website, www.emilymarch.com. Please visit!
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that touches many lives, and many families, and the work the AAQI does is important. My mother has Alzheimer’s, so the AAQI’s cause is dear to my heart.
My Eternity Springs is a town where broken hearts go to heal, and while I do write about real family issues, my heartwarming stories do send uplifting messages. In Eternity Springs, you’ll find quilting and forgetting–but you’ll also discover the joy in memories and reunions and happy-ever-afters.
I invite you to visit Eternity Springs in my holiday e-novella, MISTLETOE MINE, now available at online booksellers for .99. The next full-length Eternity Springs story, LOVER’S LEAP, arrives December 27th.
Happy Thanksgiving…and happy reading!
Emily March is the New York Times bestselling author of the Eternity Springs romantic women’s fiction series for Ballantine Books. The first book of the series, ANGEL’S REST, was recently named one of the Top 100 Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly magazine.