Though Tender Graces is fiction, there were moments when real life slipped in, sometimes on accident, sometimes on purpose. Sometimes old memories worked their way into Tender Graces, and I'd manipulate them. Though, most times I just made things up. Sometimes I'd later read what I'd written and feel as if it was familiar, but I couldn't recall to mind an event.
This photo "inspired" a photo I did use in TG, except the kids, Micah & Andy & Virginia Kate were sitting on the couch in the living room in the holler. I'm not sure where this real photo of me and my two brothers was taken.
Then there is this photo! This woman inspired Mee Maw. The photo says it all. My Maw Maw would have a fit if she knew I as plastering this photo for all to see. For, she didn't have her wig on, which is probably what she is doing here, saying "I ain't ready -- what do you think you are doing? I don't have my wig on....!" My Maw Maw was quite the character and I get plenty of Mee Maw stories and inspiration from her - even thought Mee Maw is her own person, she carries the spirit of my grandmother Eunice.
Of course, I had the made up photos that I inserted in the story, but I wonder sometimes if they come from an embedded memory.
Here is another review of Tender Graces; thank you, Gautami.
I am rushing by this morning. 80,000 words and growing. Of course, I add in and sometimes I still take away, but I am making good progress on VKBook2. So, hi ho hi ho it's off to work I go. . .