What if you found out you’re adopted?
Thank you so much to the Tule blog for allowing me to write about the backstory behind my new release, A Kiss From the Past. This story is very personal to me because, like Nichelle, I found out I was adopted later in life. Much later for me than Nichelle, and I didn’t inherit a pricey heirloom ring, but the outcome is mostly the same.
It’s so interesting to look back now at how everything unfolded: a home DNA test just for fun, being stumped why my ethnicity results didn’t align with what I knew about my family, not matching to any family members I knew had taken the test, putting together that my father wasn’t my father, and finally realizing I’m adopted.
Nichelle is fortunate enough to be able to talk it out with the only parents she’d ever known, but I’m left to guess why my parents made the decision to keep the truth from me all those years. There may be a little bit of role playing involved with Nichelle and her parents, me wondering what those conversations may have been like, but in the end, I’ve accepted my parents made the decisions they thought were right. They certainly loved me enough that I never had a clue of my adoption.
The newfound family of Nichelle’s mirrors my own. I grew up mostly as an only child but now have siblings. Siblings! It’s been the most positive result of all of this, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I only wish I had more time with them, but we’re making up for what we’ve missed.
So, if you read A Kiss From the Past, keep me in mind as Nichelle goes on her journey, but have fun with her budding relationship with the buttoned-up Clark. That part is completely fictionalized from my imagination.
And if you ever decide to take one of those home DNA tests for fun…I hope you’re prepared there may be a surprise waiting for you on the other side.
About the Author
Kelly Cain is a native Californian but has spent the last couple of decades in Texas, currently residing in the live music capital of the world, Austin. Consequently, most of her books are set somewhere between those two locations.
Kelly writes multicultural romance with determined women directing their own fates, and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. She loves reading most genres but please don’t ask her to pick just one. However, she can pick her favorite book boyfriend – Will Herondale.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Kelly is most likely using a genealogy site to research her extended family, both old and new. Or cooking/baking something delightful.
She has two adult daughters, and a new granddaughter. Visit her website kellycainauthor.com for more info.