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About the author:
Marshalee Patterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She has always had a love for reading. It was while attending the Merl Grove High School that she discovered that she loved writing stories. Some of her favourite novels were written by Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo, as she found she liked the true to life stories that we all can relate to. However, after leaving high school, she went on to pursue a career in banking as a Bank Teller and didn’t follow up on her writing. It wasn’t until after she visited Italy in 2003, she started to relive the experiences and wanted to write about it. She gives credit to being a Christian as it is the Holy Spirit that she says guides her in writing her books. She writes Christian romance/adventure and family books, where all her characters are created from her own experiences, with the experiences of a few and this she said helps her to write with a lot of heart and love. She hopes that through her novels she can inspire people of all ages with the message of hope in Christ and showing them that through him comes deliverance. Her goal is that through this medium, she can give readers a better knowledge of how to be victorious against satan’s tactics and exposes some of the devices he uses by creating stories where readers can better understand situations and root causes of demonic doors opening in our lives and through spiritual warfare prayers that she herself have been using and saw results, they too can learn to stand strong against the devil themselves too. She is a lover of nature and the tranquility of it. She finds nature refreshing and peaceful. She loves different cultures especially the Spanish which she feels makes us learn to appreciate ours a little more in areas where we have been ungrateful or unappreciative. She loves salsa music very much and dances it well too. She is a proud Jamaican.
What inspired you to write your book?
I started writing stories back in high school, but never really thought much of it until I went to Italy back in 2003 and got inspired to write a romance. This book was the result.
Here is a short sample from the book:
She could feel a love growing inside her each time she was around one of the kids at the orphanage, especially the babies. It made her wonder if she would make a good mother. She placed the small porridge dish, now empty, on her seat, and held the baby up to stare at her. Maria kissed the baby’s cheek and wiggled their noses together, trying to make her laugh. The infant chuckled, and Maria felt blissful, lost in the moment.
“Hello, bella,” a voice whispered near her ear, almost startling her.
She felt her body stiffening, hoping it wasn’t who she thought it was. Without turning to look, she listened to his movements until she felt his presence on the bench next to her. Not thinking, she turned to see; it was indeed Franco.
“What are you doing here?” she asked in an angry tone.
“I have missed you a lot, Maria,” he answered. “These are for you,” he continued stretching flowers to her.
She glared at him.
“I am so sorry, Maria, for the way I treated you. Your beauty captivated me so, I could not help myself. Forgive me, please. Let me make it up to you by taking you to dinner tonight.”
“You tried to force yourself on me, and now you sit here asking me to go out with you?” She stressed her words. “Have you forgotten what you said to me?” Maria breathed softly, trying to keep down the rage that wanted to surface.
“Come on, Maria, I didn’t mean what I said then,” he tried to defend himself.
She smiled sardonically. “So you say now. Maybe you heard I met someone, and feel it should be you.” Her expression grew harsh. “But how can I forget you telling me, I should be happy a man of your social upbringing and class has shown such interest in me? And worse, that I would never find anyone better than you? Your charm and money might work on other women, but I won’t go out with you.”
Franco sighed, and with a look of sincere apology, he extended the flowers over to her again. “You’re right, Maria; I should never have said any of that or tried to force myself on you. I have no excuse, but that’s why I want to take you to dinner to make up for all I did to hurt you.”
Maria found her thoughts reflecting on something the Bible said, as she listened to Franco, that ‘God is Love’ and she realised, for her to let others see that she was devoted to following God’s commands, she had to love her enemies as the Bible says. This, she found to be a challenge now sitting next to Franco.