One and a half years ago, I packed up all the research on which I relied for my first novel, REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO (to be published by Black Rose Writing, summer of 2017). As you’ve read from the synopsis included on my Home page, this novel spotlights a family’s struggles with the tangible and emotional elements inherent when battling a disease that is always fatal; a disease that gives you daily – if not hourly – reminders of its devastating effects.
The research materials I packed away consisted primarily of the caregiving journals I kept while taking care of my father during his Alzheimer’s disease journey. That research also included reams of paper I organized into multi-tabbed folders containing the various doctors’ reports and findings from the many years of my father’s disease journey.
I was not prepared for the emotion with which I was blanketed when I pulled out the large waterproof chest that had resided in my office during the three years during which I drafted my novel. Placing my research back into the chest, shutting it, and returning it to its original under-the-stairs location was extremely difficult for me. In a certain sense, I felt I had betrayed my father because I wasn’t just packing up some paper, I was putting away the physical evidence of his multi-year battle of brain function loss.
Knowing that in a few months REQUIEM will be in the hands of readers who might benefit from the book’s difficult yet heart-warming stories, I feel I have done my father’s struggle some justice. If my readers fall in love with Patrick Quinn, they will have fallen in love with the essence of who my father was – and still is – in the hearts of my family.