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Monday, March 04, 2013

Cambodian Camp

We authors talk a lot about incorporating universal truth. More readers can relate to what we write if the book contains a universal truth. When I wrote Safe in His Arms, I thought Margaret's dislike of her personal appearance was a universal truth for Americans who are my core readers. I just got back a week ago from Cambodia, and I discovered women there share the same feelings of inferiority over our appearance. 

I was at a slum camp. (Seeing five year old children sort trash to earn money was a life changing day for me.) After Pastor spoke, we gave out some food and stood around talking. An older lady approached and knelt down to stroke my foot. She was admiring my paler skin, and our interpreter told me pale skin is highly regarded in Cambodia. I bent down to touch her arm and told her I preferred her warm colored skin. She smiled, but I'm sure she didn't believe me, though it's the truth. :) 

As I walked away, I realized the human condition transcends national borders and cultures. It's in our natures, hard as that is to wrap my head around. It made me more conscious than ever of universal truth. I'm going to be starting a new book soon. Any universal truths you'd love to see covered in a book?

Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:59 PM  
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At 8:21 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

At church, a man said to a visiting missionary, "with them having so little, they must not be concerned about who has a better house."

"That's not true," the missionary said. "The person who has a mud hut wants a grass hut, and the person who has a grass hut wants a manure hut."

"Why would anyone want a manure hut?"

"Because to have a manure hut you have to have cattle, and that means you're wealthy."


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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