Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Devastation, Tornadoes, and the Hope God Brings ♦ Tamara Lynn Kraft

Please welcome guest blogger Tamara Lynn Kraft, and her 'story behind the story' article, a feature that seems to be a favorite among Whispers in Purple readers, myself included. 

So, sit back and enjoy today's featured author and her story. Thanks, Tamara, for sharing!

Twin tornadoes at night, April 9, 2011, Northwest Iowa, from Google Images

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 Devastation, Tornadoes, and the Hope God Brings

By Tamera Lynn Kraft @tamerakraft

As I was researching my novella, Resurrection of Hope, I thought it would be interesting to have a tornado in the story. Supercell tornadoes have caused great devastation in Ohio throughout the years, so I thought it might be an interesting event in the story. What I found out, startled me.

Throughout US history, supercell tornado outbreaks have been deadly. Early warning systems and storm shelters have helped greatly, but people are still killed by tornadoes every year, and the property damage is extensive. Since tornadoes have been recorded and measured by the National Weather Service, one weekend has proven more deadly than the rest – Palm Sunday weekend.

On March 28, 1920, Palm Sunday, at least 37 tornadoes hit the Midwest and Deep South. 380 were killed, 1,215 injured including over 200 in Georgia, 56 in Indiana, and 55 in Ohio. When I read that, my story took shape.

When Resurrection of Hope took place, the Great War had just ended, and many men had died in Europe. At the same time, over twenty million people had died from the great influenza pandemic. There were very few families that hadn’t suffered loss from one of these events. Some families were completely wiped out. Another tragedy of the period was the rise of alcoholism and gambling addiction during the early years of the 20th century. Men lost everything and left their families destitute. That was one of the major reasons for prohibition. It was in this time period that the devastation of the Palm Sunday tornadoes struck causing devastation and changing lives forever.

Vivian, the female main character in my story, had suffered great loss. Her fiancé died in the war. Her family was killed by the flu. To make matters worse, her father had gambled away everything leaving her devastated and homeless. Hope came back into her life when Henry came home from the war and offered a marriage of convenience.

Henry, the male main character in the story, had been a dough-boy in World War I. He had just returned from the war with all the baggage that came with fighting warfare in the trenches. Many of the problems he had with Vivian stemmed from his experiences fighting and losing his best friend in the war. The stoic tough guy image most men tried to live up to during that time period made things worse.

Resurrection of Hope is about two broken people who find the hope God gives in unlikely places. That is the story of Easter – the hope that God brings.

You may be wondering at this point where the Palm Sunday tornado comes in. You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Resurrection of Hope
She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. 

Her first full length novel is due to be released in April. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. You can purchase her latest novella, Resurrection of Hope at most online stores including Desert Breeze