From the author, Mary Ann Steinke-Moore about the book, Mandy's Song. . .
One of the themes of Mandy’s Song is the struggle to overcome the temptation to commit suicide during life’s hardest moments. Why would I choose to write about such a dark topic?
I want my novels to show there is a path from despair to hope and even joy.
As a nineteen-year-old, I wrestled with waves of self-hatred and came close to suicide from the emptiness and loneliness of a broken heart. It felt like my life had ended anyway, and it hurt too much to go on.
But a year later I met a warm, kind man. And a year after that I married him. In time, I became the mother of two beautiful girls.
My life opened out into the adventure of being a writer, a children’s librarian, a teacher, and a singer in choirs and musicals, discovering an abundance of new friends along the way.
I would have missed so much if I’d killed myself in that time of hopelessness, and my two daughters—and four grandchildren—would never have existed.
So, with my words I want to encourage others to keep taking one more step forward out of grief into the adventure God has lovingly planned for them.