For the last month or so I have been working my way through A Place To Land, a book by Kate Motaung who hosts the Five Minute Friday link up that I do sometimes on Fridays. You would think I would do it more since it is writing for literally five minutes…alas.
I have read memoirs of some other authors before but I couldn’t get into them 100%. Hmm, it almost seemed as if they were trying too hard? Maybe I have to read some more..
But right away, Kate’s story grabbed me. Maybe because I have moved away from home quite a few times..granted, not to a different country, but at least twice across the country.
The way she told her story just flowed. Even though she went from the past to the future which sometimes gets confusing, this one just made sense..
The book is about her experiences with her parents’ divorce, some big moves, and her mother having cancer.
One of the moves had her moving from the US to South Africa! That’s huge! I know how much I miss family and just the way things were a little bit in AZ, I couldn’t imagine being in a different country. She moved there not really knowing anyone and ended up meeting her husband!
I got an online version of her book and I usually will read those on my computer, but we had just gotten a new foster placement who happened to be sick for two plus weeks straight! It just wasn’t happening. I am thankful that I got a printed copy in the mail a little later!
Being able to read the printed copy any time worked out so well, as there is a lot of waiting when it comes to foster care.. Visits, appointments, etc. I was able to really get into it too, and not just read a paragraph and then have to stop. So much better!
Also during this same time my mom started the process of getting ready to leave Arizona and move here to North Carolina! There were so many changes all at once!
Interspersed between stories were Bible verses that helped Kate through each particular time. I definitely highlighted those because they all just fit so well. They weren’t thrown in to the middle of a story like an afterthought, it was almost like she based the whole story on each verse.
This was just the perfect time to get this book. I am thankful that she wrote it, that I got it and could read it.. Until supplies last you can get an autographed copy of the book here!
It has been great hearing Kate talking online about her book and a little bit about her life. She did a little Q&A about the book, and I will share some of that below! One of the things I learned was how to pronounce her last name! 😀
Q: Who do you think will relate most to your story?
A: Well, hopefully A Place to Land will resonate with people with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds, but I think especially for those who are familiar with:
•Longing for more
•Dealing with cancer
•Loss of a mother (or loved one)
Q: Which verses from the Bible do you think would be helpful or encouraging tothose dealing with difficult circumstances?
A: One passage that has comforted me over and over again comes from 2 Corinthians: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Q: What was the most difficult part about writing your memoir?
A: Writing about my mom’s death. My eyes tear up just thinking about it. I must have cried about 72 times through all the revisions and edits and more revisions. But they were therapeutic tears, and I’m so glad I’ve documented the experience, since the memory does fade. You don’t think you’ll ever forget something like that, but the details do fade.
Another challenging aspect was simply trying to decide which stories to include or not include. Having amazing editors was a huge help in this process, but obviously they can only work with what I give them. There were many times when I would write scenes that my editors asked for, and I would be thinking to myself, “Who the heck cares about this? This is so boring!” But in the end, as a Christian writer I have to trust that the Lord will keep whatever words He wants to have in the book and cut whichever ones He doesn’t.