Stories about Stories

Life at the intersection of horses. And angels.

Leslie P. Garcia

The Birth of Her Borrowed Angel

     Her Borrowed Angel is one of those “books of the heart” that all writers have. After being traditionally published in romance, in addition to self-publishing a title or two, an idea came to me from an unlikely spark–my oldest granddaughter’s near-death experience in Kindergarten. Add that to the fact that said granddaughter spoke of New York City when she was three or four–the buildings, the traffic–the stereotypical “oi” sound in words like “bird”–and the idea for Her Borrowed Angel began to develop into the saga of Madeline “Maddie” Wharton Saldivar.

     A reader asked if any of the story is autobiographical. Most stories, I believe, are born in writers from their own lives–not what they live necessarily, but what they witness, imagine, long for–from the long list of moments that make up every life. To that extent, Her Borrowed Angel is autobiographical. But it is the story of sisters, of first and last loves, of children–the story of horses and angels, as well.

    Accompany Maddie through the history of her times and ours, from rural Georgia to the Texas hill country, to northern Mexico and south Texas—and accompany her to the climatic event of a story you won’t forget.

Her Borrowed Angel:

Seeds That Sprout Stories

Her Borrowed Angel rose out of experiences, as any story does, but the trigger could actually have been a tragedy; the story took form when my oldest granddaughter had a near death experience in Kindergarten. As a toddler, Hermione spoke with a stereotypical New York accent, and she never referred to her Mom and Dad that way, always speaking of “my parents.” Thankfully, she recovered from a staph infection and starts her journey through college this coming fall.

In Her Borrowed Angel, the relationship between sisters is explored in depth. Hermione has two younger sisters, and shares that special bond. “Middle” sister Athena illustrated the bond in the drawing below: