Lucia of Fatima: Episode 5
Lucia is my fifth book of historical fiction—and dramatically different. Unlike the other stories, I won’t create fictional characters nor will there be imaginative plot lines. Every character will be real; every event will have actually happened.
Now that presents a problem. How do I keep the facts straight without damaging the reputation of Lucia’s family, people she dearly loved. You see, after Lucia and her cousins witnessed the first apparition of our Lady in May 1917, Jacinta revealed the supernatural event that occurred at the Cova. It was supposed to be a secret, but the little girl could not withhold her exuberance and let the cat out of the bag. There was no turning back. That created trouble for Lucia at home
Lucia’s mother, Maria Rosa’s mother was irate about these stories her daughter told. She was convinced that the children were lying. Maria Rosa complained bitterly to Lucia. Here is how Lucia described it in her memoirs.
Make up your mind which you want! Either undo all this deception by telling all these people that you lied or I’ll lock you in a dark room where you won’t see the light of the sun.
Doesn’t that sound cruel? What is a writer to do? Persecution by her family was the most painful consequence for Lucia. It really cannot be minimized
Should I soften the image of Lucia’s mother or tell it straight? I have an idea that does not compromise the truth, but save’s face for Maria Rosa who was a good woman under tremendous stress in her life.