Hiding From Lizards- the poignant story of a young, East Texas girl's search for the true meaningof family, uncovers emotions and struggles often hidden from sight whiledealing with a life that is always changing.
When the sunbeam shownthrough the kitchen door... her mama died.
For many, the 1950's were happy times, but not for Brenda Kay. October 1953 changed everything. People Brenda loved seemed to die when she wasn't looking and, unfortunately, her dear, sweet mama was one of them.
Brenda Kay was determined not to lose one more soul and that included her daddy most of all. She was bound and determined not to let the lizards take him too. But that determination met an obstacle she hadn't prepared for on account of her daddy picking up and going to Houston, leaving her in the care of relatives. To make matters worse, there was a woman on the hunt for a husband and she had her sights set on Brenda's daddy.
Desperate to hang on to the only real family she had left in life, Brenda has to rid herself of the lizards that haunt her--the images only shecan see, visual reminders of the fears that torture her. With loss a constant in her small Texas town, the answers she seeks will not come easily, but they are there if she allows herself to truly see.
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Young people don't always have the bounce-back factors that adults sometimes take for granted," the author says. "When it comes to the loss of parents or siblings, and other major occurrences, kids often hold the pain inside, trying to deal with it by themselves because they don't realize they can talk about it. Many times these struggles affect people for the rest of their lives. Adults often have no clue as to what is going on inside that struggling young person.
I believe books should be more than just words thrown onto the pages. They should make a difference, in the lives of the readers, and in the world. I hope Hiding From Lizards, as well as future books I write, will help to do that.
Truth be told, Wanda Baham Sturrock hasn't changed much from when she was four years old. Oh, she got bigger, but, the person she is hasn't changed. For instance, she's still an animal lover, who adopts just about anything that hops, crawls, walks, or flies. What else could you expect of someone who once raised three baby pigs in her parents' den?
Her uncle (now 92 years young) is still her hero..."I've never heard him use a swear word, or say anything unkind about another person. He always treats others with respect, even when they may not deserve it."
She worked as a hospital/ER clerk, at a pharmacy and, after a friend talked her into it, as a carhop. Though she was shaking in her boots at first, it turned out to be the most fun job she ever had? Except for that one time she accidently dumped an ice cold drink into a guy's lap.
Later, while busy as a stay-at-home mom of three children, she designed quilt block patterns for publication in quilt magazines, as well as quilt patterns, which she sold by mail from a home-based business. Pride of Texas Sampler, a queen size quilt, was exhibited in the Texas State Capitol Rotunda in Austin during March of 1990, in honor of Texas Independence and as part of an exhibit celebrating National Women's History Month in Texas.
After a move ended the quilt pattern business, a second move encouraged her to begin writing.
At this time, Wanda is a full time Jane-of-all-trades on 25, mostly wooded acres in South Texas. When not working on her next novel, she's busy helping neighboring wildlife, and caring for her seven cats and one grandpa dog, each rescued from a former state of homelessness and/or abuse. The dog's name is Mercy and, according to Wanda, he is perfect...well, almost. He does have one fault. He can move more dirt than a backhoe. If she could only teach him to dig on command!
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