PLEASE WELCOME ANE MULLIGAN
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.
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.
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.
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.