When Fiction Mirrors Life

My Crescent Falls series has a Minnesota setting so I’ve taken the liberty of showing you their state flower, the Lady’s Slipper. Imagine my delight when I found several growing in Concord, Massachusetts at Walden’s Pond.

Minnesota's State Flower - the Lady Slipper (at Walden's Pond)This series features Ken Hanlon, patriarch of the Hanlon family who is stricken with Alzheimer’s. All four of his daughters must come to terms with this disease and make sacrifices. The theme of each story centers around the age old question: How much sacrifice is too much? How much of their own personal happiness is each sister willing to give up. At the lowest points in their lives, they open up the letter their father wrote before the disease took its toll. In that letter is the answer they’ve been waiting for.

Like many writers, stories accumulated in my brain years before I ever put pen to paper. Over forty years ago when I worked in a Minnesota nursing home, I frequently cared for patients with what we now call Alzheimer’s. I was riveted by the family dynamics and how different members of each family perceived this illness. Some had tremendous hope, choosing to see only what they wanted to see; others made plans immediately to say their goodbyes, realizing within a short time they wouldn’t recognize their loved ones. Fascinating how many years later I still recall these scenes in the nursing home so vividly. I was impacted greatly by watching people suffer tragedy and hope readers find this series something they’re able to relate to.

If you purchase the first in the series, I’m hoping you’ll read them all and post your reviews on amazon. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PE1TB7S?keywords=my%20dearest%20maggie%20by%20tessa%20gray&qid=1446069043&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1Dearest Maggie




4 thoughts on “When Fiction Mirrors Life

  1. This happened to my grandfather, although they didn’t call it Alzheimer’s at the time. It’s difficult to watch them go through this and it was just as difficult to watch my mother deal with visiting him and him not knowing who we were. Thanks for illustrating how difficult this situation can be and how people can cope.

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