by Linda Pate
All My Husbands (Outskirts Press $14.95) will capture your emotions as you are introduced to Lila Mae and her four husbands Jimmy, Henry, Ezra, and Buster. They will take you on a fascinating journey. Author Dr. Patricia C. Churchill is masterful in presenting their lives as free and challenging. Lila Mae lives a very complex life but each of her husbands shapes it. You will read about the joys, hopes, and fears, and of course, the uncertainties. The characters loved to eat good food and so at the end of the book, the author shares some of the favorite recipes of the characters. A wonderful read. I was able to speak with the author let’s see what she has to say.
Lila was a smart woman, but yet experienced a lot of pain. Why?
PC: Lila serves as an example of living life fully, with foreknowledge that the journey is not going to be easy. Like the rest of us, the beautiful, smart, and imaginative Lila has flaws. She has problems with relationships going back to prior lives. She is also stubborn, yet she has great qualities too. She manages to have fun, to help others, to survive the rough times, and to learn from her mistakes. She is inspiring.
What spiritual message are you giving to your readers, if any?
PC: I am suggesting to my readers that the life of the spirit is much more expansive than they might allow themselves to think. In listening to people’s conversations, I hear them saying that So-and-So “is an old spirit” or “That child has been here before.” Yet, if you ask them if they believe in reincarnation, they will say “No.” They don’t want to say anything that is not sanctioned by their church doctrine. This book may help them take another step forward on their spiritual journey.
What inspired you to write All My Husbands?
PC: Since childhood, I have known that my main mission in this life was to write a major work that would inspire people and help them grow spiritually. I did not know whether it was to be a book or a play. As a child, I began honing my writing skills by creating a riddle and submitting it to The Birmingham News Sunday Magazine. They published it. As a teenager, I wrote my first three-act play. It was based on the book of Ecclesiastes, an early indicator of my growing awareness of the ongoing cycle of life. Finally, when the right time came, I received a spiritual message that I should begin this novel.
Linda Pate is the owner of Precious Memories Bookstore, located at 3229 Idlewood Ave., Richmond. She hosts “The Talking Book Show” on www.LoveBroadcasting.net every Friday at 7 p.m.