“I got it done! Brie has been such a help to me. I can’t imagine doing this without her help. At times I felt like she was standing right behind me while I was on my computer. ‘Thanks’ is such a small word to show how I feel, but it’s all I have at the moment. Now I am looking at some of the options that may help in getting the book out to the public.”
Judy Scognamillo is currently a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild. The year she joined, she won two of their monthly writing challenges which gave her the confidence she needed to finish and publish her first novel, The Hope Mother. Much of her novel takes place in her home state of North Dakota and also in San Diego, California where she resided for twenty five years. Judy and her husband, Pete, now live in Rancho Mirage, California.
When Pam’s life ends in a suspicious accident at age twenty-six, she finds herself in a Heaven completely different from what she had ever imagined. It takes time for Pam to accept her death, and when she does, Fara, her assigned guide, informs her that to move forward into her eternal existence, they must first view Pam’s entire earthly life. It is during this viewing that Pam learns she is a Hope Mother, the title given to women who lost an infant on earth before that child was able to take even one breath of air. These children are called Angel Babies, and Pam must fulfill her Hope Mother obligation by locating hers through a search of Heaven’s vast territories. Only then will they be allowed to be reborn to fulfill their earthly journey, and Pam can move on in her afterlife. But Earth has been invaded by an evil force that follows Pam into Heaven and creates havoc by interrupting the viewing. Fara seeks assistance from Archangel Michael, who soon discovers it is Lucifer himself who is determinedly seeking to claim Pam as his chosen one—placing all of Heaven’s occupants at risk. The Hope Mother is a unique and uplifting debut novel that offers an alternative view of the afterlife. Anyone who has ever lost someone special—whether it is a child, a relative, a friend, or even a beloved pet—will find comfort and hope in this story.