Home to my sisters

On a hot July, I opened my email which contained a question that irrevocably changed my life: “Are you the Ane Mulligan looking for your birthmother, Elsie Vauna Mullvain?”

I’d always known I was adopted. From the day mom and dad brought me home at three months old, they told me I was a chosen baby. However, I can’t say I was never curious about my birth parents; I was. For one thing, I didn’t look like anyone. I became a people watcher, always wondering.

In 1998 just two years before my adoptive parents passed away, I received a letter, which contained my adoption papers. I caught my breath as I read:

The adoption of Roberta Ann Mullvain

Countless emotions whirled. Scenarios played out and were cast aside. I didn’t know how I truly felt or should feel. For a word merchant, I was an empty page. Another year passed, before I decided it was time to search for my birth mother. I posted a note on a California adoption board and waited.

I eventually learned I had sisters. While I had a loving relationship with my adopted brother, I’d always wanted a sister and now had several. I prayed and hoped one day I could find them. However, with no names, I had no way to search for them. I relinquished the dream into God’s hands. It was never out of my mind, though.

From left to right: Debby Jo, Pam, me, Cindy, and Trish.

From left to right: Debby Jo, Pam, me, Cindy, and Trish.

On July 18th, 2009, I got the email asking that breath-taking question. The sender connected me with my birth sisters. The moment I met four of them in Seattle, they welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. One sister told me I’d spent a lifetime lost and finally I’d come home.

Debby Jo’s words “come home” resonated in my heart long after I returned to Atlanta, and I knew I would one day write this story. Home to Chapel Springs is that book.

If your readers are interested, they can read my entire story here.

HtCS-CoverHome to Chapel Springs

A homeless author, a theatre ghost, and a heartbroken daughter ~ there’s trouble in Chapel Springs

There’s always someone new in Chapel Springs, either coming home or stirring up trouble. Bestselling author Carin Jardine’s latest book is a flop. Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs—the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life. With one of her daughters in love with the wrong boy, a theatre rumored to be haunted, and Howie Newlander and Mayor Riley going head-to-head in a hot election, Claire gets caught in the middle.

Ane is generously offering a her new book (e-book or print) to someone who comments on this post within the next week. Winner has one week to respond. Print version is USA only.

About Ane


Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She’s a three-time Genesis finalist, a humor columnist for the ACFW Journal, and a multi-published playwright. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, she resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband and two very large dogs.

Her Chapel Springs Revival series is “like coming home to to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love.”  You can find Ane at her website or on Facebook.