Today Linda Rettstatt visits Worlds of the Imagination. She is the author of “Special Delivery,” a contemporary/ women’s fiction story in the Shared Whispers anthology of fifteen stories from Champagne authors. Linda writes women’s fiction and mainstream romance novels, though she is currently working on a paranormal story involving a writer, a ghost, and a murderous sea captain. Linda is a Pennsylvania Yankee residing in Northwest Mississippi, not far from Memphis, where she has yet to report an Elvis sighting. Her books have finaled four times for EPIC eBook Awards, and she was named 2010 Author of the Year by Champagne Books. Love, Sam won the 2012 EPIC eBook Award in Mainstream Fiction.
In “Special Delivery” during a blizzard, a road sign promised sanctuary from the storm until a woman running from her past learns the doctor is a veterinarian.
The Story Behind “Special Delivery”
I once had the experience of being the only English-speaking person in a house with a family of four Haitian refugees. At the time, I was a graduate student working at home on a term paper. I walked into the kitchen for lunch to have the husband tell me in very broken English that his wife’s water had broken and she was in labor. They were very calm and matter-of-fact as they continued to prepare their main meal. I returned my frozen entrée to the freezer and began to hyperventilate. As I considered a short story for this collection, I reflected on this experience and wondered—what if a woman alone went into labor in the midst of a spring snowstorm and came upon a mailbox announcing a doctor, only to then learn he is a veterinarian. How might this ‘special delivery’ change both of their lives forever.
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