The Inspiration Behind “The Celestial Assignment”
by Theresa Braun
Write about what you know… Well, I know a lot about bad boyfriends. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I’ve played the role of the bad girlfriend in a few relationships in my life. Maybe even more than a few. I’ve ghosted guys, not being mature enough to communicate they weren’t right for me. I’ve been needy, overly dramatic, and petty at times. Some partners bring out the absolute worst in us. I know that first hand. My past is littered with my own failures. The difference? I tend to self-reflect. When appropriate, I come down on myself for being an asshole. But as a maturing individual, I can pat myself on the back for the things I’ve done right, too. The selfless times with the people I’ve loved so deeply it hurts. Just throwing that out there for good measure. I’m still the hero in my own story…
Back to bad boyfriends. I have this plaque hanging on my wall that says, “My Life Has a Superb Cast But I Can’t Figure Out the Plot”. Probably true for many of us. Why do certain people drift in and out of our lives? What are the lessons? Is karma at play? In my darkest moments, I struggle with these questions. And in some of the blissful ones, too. So I took one particular romantic relationship and outlined the highlights. What were the things that pained me the most? How did it all play out? What if I could see it from a totally different perspective? And how might I project things into the future? Enter Will, my fictional guardian angel. And that’s how this story began. I wanted to explore the idea of how an objective observer would view it all. How might that spiritual being want to intervene, or not? And what might be his own hang-ups coloring his duty? Guardian angels have souls, too, right?
This is definitely one of my most personal stories. Of course I’ve changed the names and circumstances a bit, fictionalizing events to fit the page. However, I hope this read makes people think, perhaps even prompting them to perceive life and its foibles from a different angle. I invite readers to follow two characters searching for redemption, while hoping against hope that they find it along the way. Sadly, we don’t always. But we can wish that experience on those who’ve crossed our paths, both in the real world and in the spirit realm. A shout out to guardian angels everywhere! Let’s take a second to revel in the idea that everyone (bad boyfriends—and girlfriends—included) eventually gets what they deserve. Fingers and toes crossed.
The Celestial Assignment
After a sudden death, Will, a misguided angel, is tasked with protecting a baby girl. Watching over her as she grows up and navigates the world appears a harsh punishment for his past failings. Can he redeem himself, or will he fall further from grace?
Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides. An English teacher and adjunct college professor for over twenty years, she continues to share her enthusiasm for literary arts with her students. She earned a Masters in English literature with a thesis on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In her spare time, she enjoys delving into her own creative writing, painting, photography and even ghost hunting. Spending time with her family and traveling as often possible are two of her passions. In fact, her world meanderings are often backdrops for her work. Striving to make the world a better place is something dear to her heart. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking for romance or shopping for antiques.
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