Gaila Kline-Hobson, who helped raise many children from Missouri to Alaska, including her own three sons, is fulfilling her bucket-list wishes.
After 40 years of teaching and sharing literature, reading and writing with students in Missouri, Oklahoma, plus 25 years teaching in Anchorage, Alaska, Ms. Kline-Hobson retired from an education career in 2016 to live in Gold Canyon, Arizona.
She recently wrote her debut novel, “The Chosen’s Calling,” which took about two years to complete. Published by Amazon, the novel is available in digital and paperback format at amazon.com/author/gailaklinehobson, according to a press release, detailing her about the book and her passion for writing.
“Writing has always been a passion and many students, colleagues, and friends told me I should write a book. The demands of teaching and rearing my own children pushed that idea onto my bucket list,” said Ms. Kline-Hobson shares.
“After retiring to Arizona from the career I loved, I found myself pondering a story topic I’d never read any other book about: why young people die. Many months of research, writing, and revisions resulted in my dream coming true: my debut novel.”
A spiritual fantasy centered around questions including why young people die, the story revolves around three teens transitioning from “their earthly lives to fulfilling their true destinies,” the release said, describing the youths who are from different family backgrounds and faiths with different passions and gifts.
The characters, according to the release, died differently but all were chosen to become “angel warriors and fight evil in the universe,” as masters of character virtues, overcoming the challenges on the Trail of Caring while undergoing arduous training with divine gifts to comfort families and fight evil.
“‘The Chosen’s Calling’ showcases how different faiths have many commonalities,” Kline-Hobson said.
“Quotes from many faiths and spiritual leaders are woven into the story, as well as interesting facts about a number of things. A lot of general knowledge can come from good stories.”
Ms. Kline-Hobson said she never read a fictional book about the reason why young people die, but has known numerous people who experienced the death of a child.
“I’ve also known students who lost a sibling or a parent. I prayed about it every day. At times, I felt driven to tell the story. I hope it can help people who live with this lifelong grief. Sometimes we all encounter people that are in the throes of grief,” she said.
She added that she wants the story to build empathy and give comfort, along with being “emotionally captivating for everyone,” as it highlights commonalities among different faiths and shows how people are more alike than different.
Visit Ms. Kline-Hobson’s website for more information: https://gailahobson.wixsite.com/website.