This historical fiction author is a born-and-raised New Yorker. Her two grown daughters and five grand children live in Arizona and Massachusetts. Consequently, traveling the blue skies is a common practice for this energetic lady.
As a member of American Christian Writers Association, she attended two conferences where she took workshops on writing. Also, she has gained a wealth of information from Facebook authors. She also enjoys coffee in the morning with her husband, Tom; daily devotions; reading Christian suspense; going for walks; and volunteering at church.
A Word From Penny N. Haavig
I never thought I would be a novelist. My dream was to write children’s books, and my mother Violet would illustrate. Mother shared an amazing testimony of how mental illness brought her down into the depths of a nervous breakdown. Following many years of turmoil and unhappiness, Violet went to be with the Lord in 2011. She gave her testimony all over the country and to Power for Living in 1977.
I attended a writer’s workshop in Minneapolis led by Susan May Warren, a well-known author, where God inspired me to write my mother’s story. It was suggested that I write a novel about my mother’s tumultuous life and not a biography. The story would interest more people.
However, a year after the sudden death of my first husband in 2000, God intervened. Out of tragedy and sadness, came a wonderful man from Minnesota. I sold my Day Care Center and home and moved to the land of lakes. A close friend said,” Don’t look back!”
Cornfields, lakes, and continuous acres of pastureland drew me to my second love. Horses. Although, I no longer have my own horse, I lease a friend’s. Every time I put my foot in the stirrup, I thank God I can still ride. Riding soothes the soul.
This novel was published in 2018. Violet’s colorful life weaves in and out of three decades, beginning with the Vaudeville stage of Brooklyn, New York. It’s a flight from mental illness to sanity. Violet wears a mask to cover the turmoil in her heart. A beautiful love story evolves when she meets her knight without the shining armor. Henry is loyal and loving through the ugliness of mental illness.
A hidden talent emerges while Violet is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Consequently, she becomes a remarkable artist. Violet has instant success with her hand painted tile business. She paints a custom tile for Arthur Godfrey, the first television talk show host. Violet designs and paints a backsplash for Perry Como’s Long Island home.
However, she is an outward success but an inward failure. Contentment eludes her, until she picks up a book by Billy Graham. The Secret of Happiness changes her life. (Available on Amazon. Ninety-Nine cents, eBook)
However, she must continue to overcome the mental issues of the past biting at her heels. She forges through many adversities, therefore, making her stronger for it. Violet’s artistic talent skyrockets when her hand paint tiles become a household word in the small town of Miller Place. Family turmoil, broken relationships, a wavering marriage, and a demanding business play havoc on Violet’s plans. Her brain is on overload.
The shores of the Long Island Sound and the rumbles of a hurricane deliver a powerful opening to the novel. Darkness doesn’t scare her because there’s light in Violet’s soul.
Violet’s daughter, Jane, shows signs of mental weakness. Will she follow the family history of nervous breakdowns? Violet prays consistently this will not happen.
Available on Amazon.
Inspirational Scenes from Missionary to the Oddballs
Sunset over Port Jefferson Harbor, Long Island, NY.
Violet’s house was on the top of the cliff. Several chapters of Missionary to the Oddballs take place here.
|A fireplace mural designed and painted by Violet Pearl Funk. A wealthy finance mogul contracted Violet to this project for his exclusive Belle Terre, LI home.|
How to contact Penny
Please visit Penny’s website at www.pennynhaavig.com
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Dear Lord, please bless each word Penny writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~