Please welcome author A.J. Cattapan who shares a few of her angels with us. And be sure to scroll down to find out details about her Facebook party to celebrate the launch of her new novel, Angelhood. We’re all invited!
My Collection of Angels
For anyone who’s read my newly released young adult novel Angelhood, it will probably come as no surprise that I collect angels. Not real angels, of course—although I like to think my real guardian angel is always near. Rather, I collect angel decorations. I’m not sure how or when it started. I know I was given a couple of those Willow Tree angel statues from a few different people, and they keep watch over my living room corner table.
Teacher gifts seem to be wrought with angels, especially if you teach in a Christian school at Christmas time. I’ve got a little red angel with my name on it.
By the time I visited Germany in 2005, I must have had enough angel ornaments that I began to think of them as being like a little collection. Therefore, when we stopped in the little town of Rothenburg, Germany, and visited one of the largest Christmas shops in the world, I made it a point to pick out a pretty angel ornament.
After that trip, I began to shop for other angel ornaments as I continued to travel. In Bath, England, I picked up a pretty clear one.
At the cathedral in Canterbury, England, I picked up a delicate white and clear angel.
Just this past spring break in Guatemala, I picked up a hand-beaded little angel key ring that I’ll hang on my Christmas tree this year.
It’s gotten to the point that I dedicate a whole section of my tree just to angel ornaments. What’s the attraction? I guess I’ve always been fascinated by them. They seem almost too good to be true. Sure, God loves us, and He’s always with us. But we get an angel, too? Bonus! And I guess I like having angel decorations around my home to remind me that they are always there, that God’s always keeping a loving eye out for me.
A.J. Cattapan is an author, speaker, and middle school English teacher living in the Chicago area. Her published works include the young adult novel Angelhood, a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade, and numerous short stories and articles in magazines for teens and children, including Highlights and Hopscotch for Girls. She will also be featured in a recipe and corresponding story anthology due out this summer.
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You’re Invited to A.J.’s Facebook Party!
Interested in winning a copy of A.J. Cattapan’s Angelhood? She’s giving away copies of her book as well as other Christian young adult novels tonight at her Facebook party. Just click here (http://tinyurl.com/AngelhoodFacebookParty) to join the party. It runs tonight (April 30) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT. Come for as little or as long as you’d like!