“Blood and kinship has a concerned significance in the south,” he said. “When I brought home a date, my mother would say ‘Who are your people?’ meaning ‘Do I know or am I related to anyone you’re related to?’”
Warley is the author of “A Southern Girl,” a novel based on Warley’s real-life experiences of adopting a Korean girl into a family in Charleston, S.C.
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“I realized that it had opened my mind and heart to the process of adoption in a way I had not expected,” he said. “Often when you write you do it to explain yourself. In my case it was 400 pages.”
He said adoption was not something he planned to do in his lifetime, but after having two biological sons, his wife Barbara convinced him this was the only way they would have a daughter.