A family secret is unearthed by an excavator’s shovel. In an effort to find answers, David Montgomery uncovers more questions. They eventually lead him on a journey of discovery that turns his comfortable life into one he could never have imagined.
This is a story of intrigue and deceit that enters one generation and has its outcome in the next. “The sins of the father shall be visited on the son.”
The Challenge: Through a Glass, Darkly
Six members of Brockville’s writers group Writers’ Ink accepted a challenge to write a book together. Writer’s Ink co-founder Anne “Bunty” Loucks wrote a novel titled In a Rosedale Garden over 20 years ago. Although it was released as a newspaper serial, it was never published as a book. The challenge accepted by the authors was to use In a Rosedale Garden as the plot, and each author would re-write their own chapter in their own style. The result is a novel titled Through a Glass, Darkly. Both novels have been combined together and published in one book. The book is titled In a Rosedale Garden but it also contains the author collaborative titled Through a Glass, Darkly. Dan Trafford is the author of Chapters 3 and 8 of Through a Glass, Darkly.
Writing impacts every part of my life. Notes to my wife and five children are every bit as significant as efforts inspired by Writers’ Ink. My creative energies in writing are expended mainly in involvement with the Brockville Seventh-day Adventist Church, where I teach and preach. Writing is also a major “therapy.” A number of “sessions” are under way now, including a piece of science fiction, articles with a spiritual emphasis, and some reflections on family life.
It is amusing that my only marks in high school to exceed the minimum demands of the day were in English. The practical value of this interest in language surfaced when fellow cadets offered to pay me $5 to write love letters to their romantic interests. One of my best friends still hasn’t found the courage to tell his wife of 30 years that he was not the author of one of her most treasured mementoes of his early devotion!
When I became an officer in the cadet program, writing brought new demands. I had to meet the military requirement for writing course reports that profiled the performance of participants in various training programs. An opportunity arose from there to work on a weekly newspaper as a reporter. I progressed to a 15-year career in journalism as reporter and then editor at three Canadian daily newspapers.
More than 20 years ago, I started a home building business operating in the Kingston area. This activity is another outlet for my creative energies in writing.