Sunday, March 13, 2016

Just Claire: Written to Give Hope

Please welcome Jean Williams as she shares about her book. 

I was inspired to write Just Claire because my own childhood was difficult. My mother became ill when I was ten years old, which began her life-long descent into severe mental illness. I wanted to write the book I wish I’d had to help me through those difficult growing up years. So in writing Just Claire, my goal was to give readers hope, to show them they are not alone in their own personal struggles.

One mother damaged. One family tested. One daughter determined to find her place.

ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.
With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.

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Author Jean Ann Williams, the eldest in a large family, enjoys digging into her fascinating childhood to create stories for children. Having written over one hundred articles for children and adults, Just Claire is her first book. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she writes regularly on her blog. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods and practicing archery with her bow.

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Jean Ann Williams said...

Thanks for featuring my book, Just Claire!

CraftyMom said...

Such a blessing to see someone giving back instead of getting bitter. While I'm so sorry you have the insight to write this book, I'm so glad to wrote it! My 6th grade Sunday school class will be so glad to know about this book!