Loyal and loving would best describe Dora. Raised in a Christian home, she’s always strived to follow Jesus and desires her family to do the same. She loves handwork of all kinds and has a little business selling her products. Her favorite things are singing, going to church, and shoes.
A little wild when growing up, Davy was different from the other Tyler children. Music seemed to settle him and after his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas one year, he found his love, becoming proficient on every instrument he could get his hands on. His driving passion is to write music and perform his songs for the world.
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Dora and Ed were based on Malinda’s paternal grandparents, Edwin and Dura Lee Johnson. Yes, Dura. The name is from a verse in the old testament, where it speaks of the Plains of Dura.
The original inspiration for the series was a stand-alone sweet romance for David, entitled Superstar. Once it was written, Malinda felt strongly that it should be a Christian fiction title. She wanted to explain David’s background and decided to start at the beginning with his parents, Ed and Dora.
The meeting of Tommy and Mindy in The Blessing happened very similar to Malinda and Biff. They’d been attending a Christian singles meeting and drew each other’s names out of the basket, to meet after the meeting.
One of the reasons Malinda started the series in the 1950’s was to have David be a contemporary of hers. Many of the important years for David—wedding, children’s birth—coincide with her own life. (Editor’s note—It made it easier to remember!)
The struggle Mindy had in accepting Petey’s autism in The Choice is autobiographical. The wisdom from the Michael W. Smith song “Be Strong and Courageous” was a big help during that time.
As you can tell by the stories, Malinda is a big fan of clean, Broadway shows. More references will be coming in future stories.
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