What color are the clouds?
Like most of you, my first response to that question is white, duh! But recently published author, life-long writer, police wife, mother, and lovely Colorado native, Rachael Wright begs to differ. She challenges our perspective in her debut novel, The Clouds Aren’t White.
I met Rachael through Instagram in early 2016 when she began hashtagging all of her photos with #thesunshinewithin — which was super exciting to me considering this was the first time anyone had EVER consciously decided to participate in my ’cause.’ We naturally got to talking, and let me tell ya – She’s truly an inspiration!
Rachael says her love for writing was born the moment she knew how. Nothing she wrote before The Cloud’s Aren’t White made it to book form, though. They just weren’t “the one,” yet. Which is a feeling I can respect, as an aspiring creative writer/blogger/entrepreneur. She said she felt there was always something missing in the narrative, or the story was too childish for her liking.
But then she stumbled across the idea for TCAW while pondering how one would cope with the loss of a spouse when there were children involved.
It’s one of the most frightening things, the threat of loss. So I began to write. I finished the first draft of the novel in three months and finished five days before my husband’s birthday. I kept telling him that I had thousands of words left before I was finished. I gave the three hundred page manuscript to him for his birthday, then promptly took it back so I could start editing.
TCAW was classified as Women’s Fiction, which just means the main character is a woman, and it deals with “women’s issues.” But Rachael approaches the topic in a relatable, unique way.
I don’t believe that death and loss and relationships are only issues that women deal with or that women want to read. We are all of us drawn to stories that help us understand our own lives.
Now that you know Rachael’s heart, and genuine intentions with sharing this story with the world…
So what’s the plot?
“Its all over in a moment…”
Emmeline MacArthur is living a peaceful life when her husband is murdered and she is left alone, holding the hand of her five-year-old daughter. As the months drag by, Emmeline founders in a quiet depression, paralyzed by guilt, and tormented by hazy nightmares. She flees to Scotland, clinging to the last thread of her past.
In the wilds of Scotland, Emmeline is confronted by more than she bargained for. The distance does nothing to alleviate her pain. Emmeline stumbles through the process of grief, juggling work, motherhood, in-laws, and the notion of loving another man.
Emmeline’s story is about the love which bonds a family, love which compels a mother’s sacrifice, and love which creates the becomes grief. The Clouds Aren’t White forces the question, what if the worst were to happen?
Based on a True Story
I think this is a valuable thing to consider, “What if the worst were to happen?” It puts everything into perspective and reminds us to live every day like it could be our last, because who knows… It could be. But l pray it’s not! 🙂
I want to encourage you to live with #thesunshinewithin no matter what. Even if the world as you know it gets turned upside down, you can get through this. You will.