Several years ago, I was tossing around ideas for a novel about a woman longing to be "more" than she believed she was. I remembered a short story by James Thurber: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Perhaps we studied it in high school, or even earlier. (Thank you to all my wonderful English teachers over the years!)
The very brief story clearly made an impact, because after so many years, I still remembered the image of a hen-pecked husband escaping into adventurous daydreams. That concept inspired The Secret Life of Becky Miller, my first published novel.
Becky loses herself in grandiose daydreams, but finds herself in the trials of her real life. She grapples with spiritual questions, laughs and cries with her quirky friends, and pours her heart into her family.
I was delighted to hear that a new movie inspired by "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has been released. I haven't seen it yet (I'm a "wait for Redbox" sort), but have heard good things.
Hearing about the movie's release also reminded me that I'd been procrastinating about getting my Becky Miller novels available as e-books.
I'll be officially launching the e-book versions soon, but you can get a sneak peek of the first book now.
Order The Secret Life of Becky Miller on Kindle here.
Order The Secret Life of Becky Miller on Nook here.
I love that Becky dreams big. But I also love that she finds her real life--loved by God, and able to share that love with others--is a grander adventure than any that her imagination can create.