Welcome to my stop on the mini blog blitz for The Cure, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Today I have a guest post to share with you, so it’s over to Patricia…
In So Many Words
Words begin swirling in my head before I open my eyes in the morning: things to do this day, how I feel right this minute, memories, all presented as words. I rise and write many of them down in my notebook by the bed. I go for a walk in the dark of morning, every morning, and assemble words into ideas as I mentally review the current phase of the story I’m writing. The characters in those stories vie for my attention. The plot begs to move.
I recall how my father’s mood and his bearing changed immediately after he found out he had dementia. Everything in his world slowed down. As his steps slowed and as time passed his words came to have meaning only to him inside his deteriorating brain. I turned what I recalled of those days, and weeks, and months, as his brain changed, into words that I gave to my protagonist in my debut novel, The Cure.
But wait. My dad, Peter, was old, nearly ninety, and resigned to his fate. My protagonist, Paige, is barely middle-aged, hopeful, determined to find a way through and past her early-onset Alzheimer’s. Real male vs. fictional female. North vs. South. City vs. rural. Can I make the critical similarities work among all the differences between the two? I decided THE DIFFERENCES DON’T MATTER. The mood, the pace, the words fit. I make them fit.
I used to write nonfiction: facts, details, references, measures. Back then, I used to think that fiction was fictional, you know… made up, not true. Now that I write fiction, my characters beg to exist. I write words to create the environment they live in, the emotions they feel, the paths they take through the situations I put them in. True words, strung together that readers will believe as they read them. I have to create fictional stories full of truth so readers find them credible.
The story for The Cure came to me full blown, in a matter of minutes, when I was challenged to write a compelling synopsis to put on the back cover of a book. No more than one hundred and fifty words permitted. Then it took me two years to reveal the tale inside those book covers in a way that readers would believe, lose themselves in, and recommend to others. I write for readers. I enjoy reading, and I want to share that enjoyment with those who seek it.
My father’s dementia wasn’t cured. Paige’s is. Her journey in The Cure is part fantasy, a hopeful one, because I believe it will come true in the timeframe I’ve laid out in the book, if not sooner. I want it to come true. It has to.
I have to go now. I’m working on a sequel, The Legacy of the Cure, and my characters, in so many words, are ordering me back to work.
About the Book
A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.
Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?
Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?
About the Author
Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.