A True Story…

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 17, 2010

Wow…I’m really impressed with the number of people signing on to read “Cracks in the Sidewalk” – but then how often do you get to read an award winning novel for free. Lots of people are already in love with Elizabeth’s mother, Claire McDermott, and I guess it’s hard not to be for she’s the type of woman who shows the love every mother feels for her child. Something that might surprise a lot of readers is that this novel is based on a true story, a close friend shared her experiences and feelings with me which is why I was able to be so expressive in recreating Claire’s emotions. (No Claire McDermott is not the real friend’s name) Like any good work of fiction, there are any number of differences in thisnovel  and the true story, but the emotions are real, many of the incidents that happen are also real.

In addition to the personal experience in this story, there was a ton of research involved – both medical and legal. I delved so deeply into the law regarding custody of children, I’m surprised someone didn’t send a child welfare officer to the house to check me out. (Thankfully that didn’t happen!)

The next chapter of “Cracks in the Sidewalk” takes you back to the point in time when the heart of this story began, so be sure to read the book.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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