Winter is Past–A Novel

I read somewhere that you shouldn’t use biblical quotes as a title. Why not if it conveys something integral to the story?

That being said, it’s important to accept the advice of an agent or editor who might have a better idea of what will sell. But, for now, the working title of my novel is “Winter is Past.” I’ve toyed around with other options but so far I’ve come up empty.

My purpose in writing this novel is to remind the reader that we have within ourselves the strength we need to survive. The idea for the story emerged as a typical “what-if?” scenario.

I am a kidney transplant recipient and my biggest fear surrounding the whole process was “what if” something happened to Paula, my friend and living donor. When just such a situation occurs in my novel, Claire Bergano must deal with the source of her own inordinate fears and accept the harsh realities that will come her way over the course of a year.

“For, lo! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone. Flowers appear in our fields.” Song of Solomon, 1:11-12 In Spring, Claire discovers the strength and beauty that was within her all along.

The title may or may not work, but the story is a message of hope.

3 thoughts on “Winter is Past–A Novel

  1. Winter is Past seems a perfect name to me, Victoria. And I’ve read your wonderful story!


  2. My agent is working to get it published. Hopefully, you will be able to read it soon! In the meantime, if you or your sister have questions re: transplantation I’d be happy to tell you about my experience. My donor, Paula, was a non-related living donor. We worked together at the time. Thank God, I’m doing well and, from what I can see on Facebook. she looks great.

    Blessing on your spiritual journey. I was very much a cradle Catholic. You may want to find out more about that on my other blog-


  3. Stacey says:

    Wow… I’d like to read this. My sister has kidney disease and I’m a likely donor when the time comes, and it’s only a matter of time. She’s doing well now, they think her kidneys might last 5, even 15 years, but you know how these things go. I’m off to read more on your blog!


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