When I was writing canvas of the heart a few years ago. I knew I wanted to show people with disabilities are like most people. We want have jobs, have friends, be in romantic relationships. I decided Lindsey would have a type of cerebral palsy similar to the type of CP I have.
I showed through Lindsey and Jason, the other main character. If people like Lindsey have people like Jason believe in them and help them along the way. We can do anything we can dream of.
Along the way, I wanted to show though you may go through a rough patch in your life you can come out the other side and everything will be okay.
As Lindsey was going through this, she fell in love along the way. Finding Jason, someone who was kind, funny, and let's not forget a hot NR nurse. They started as friends, as the years go on they slowly realize their meant to be together. They marry, Lindsey helps Jason realize his dream of being an artist and pushes him to follow his dream.
Canvas of the Heart is romantic novel about a young woman with cerebral palsy, and how she rises above the term disability through her relationship with friends, family, and above all, the man who becomes her husband.
Funny, sexy and inspirational, the book focuses on Lindsey’s insights, struggles and triumphs, teaching us that those with disabilities can also lead rich, full lives.
Georgia native Melissa Taggart is a believer in tackling challenges. Diagnosed with CP at the age of three months, as a child she discovered that writing offered her a way to deal with a speech impediment. It not only paved the way for better communication, but she transformed a challenge into the voice of a writer eager to teach the world that people with disabilities are people with the same lives, loves and longings as anyone else.
Through Melissa’s amusing, insightful and touching stories, she addresses issues and common misconceptions in a way that will open the eyes and hearts of readers everywhere. Her goal is to deliver her special message with humor and candidness, as well as bring greater awareness about the real world of the disabled.
When Melissa is not busy creating the universe of Lindsey, Jason and Max, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also volunteers part-time in a first grade classroom helping the kids with worksheets and games and other activities.