|Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block|
In an interview, Marie Bostwick answers some questions about Mary Dell and Howard:
You have identified Mary Dell Templeton as your favorite character. What is it about her that compels you?
"It’s true. I fell in love with Mary Dell the minute she walked onto the stage. How could I not? Mary Dell Templeton is just a pleasure to write. She’s bold, she’s brave, she’s kind, she’s superbly confident yet without an ounce of arrogance but, most of all, she’s just completely happy being herself."
Mary Dell has a son with Down syndrome. Why did you choose to develop a character with a disability and what do you hope that readers might gain from your depiction?
"I didn’t really decide to develop a disabled character. I almost never decide to develop any character. They simply arrive in my head. When Mary Dell, a technically expert quilter with not an ounce of taste, arrived she came with a son, Howard, born with Down syndrome, who happened to have remarkable color sense and picked all the fabrics for his mother’s quilts. So, they were kind of a package from the first.
"That being said, one of the reasons I decided to give Mary Dell a book of her own, aside from her being such a delight to write, was because of the mail I received from readers who were parents of adult children with developmental disabilities, thanking me for writing about Mary Dell and Howard in such a positive, hopeful way.
"One reader said, 'no one ever writes about our kids as having anything to offer.' When I thought about it, I saw that, in fiction, this was usually true. I wanted to change that. As far as I’m concerned, everyone is here for a reason and everyone has something to offer if people will give them a chance. And if people can see the truth of that by reading BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS, that would be about the best payday I could imagine."
Color Me Bright Quilt Block - If you make this block, choose colors that are bright and clash with each other like Mary Dell would!
Color Wheel Quilt Block - If you choose to make this block, choose colors that reflect Howard's good color sense.
Star of Destiny Quilt Block - "Everyone is here for a reason and everyone has something to offer." Marie Bostwick
Mary Dell works hard to become better informed about Down syndrome so she can be a better mother, teacher, and advocate for Howard. At some level, most mothers become an advocate for their children. Do you think that is a good thing or a bad thing? Is advocacy a role that can get out of hand for parents? Why or why not?
Inquiring minds want to know! By commenting on either or both questions, you are entering your name in a giveaway of a fabulous prize pack containing Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, Lover’s Knot (first three books of the Shenandoah Album Series) and Mountain Away, all by Emilie Richards - courtesy of Harlequin!
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Heads Up: Our September book is The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs. You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.