Will you write others in this same genre? My first book Lifeliner was a biography, about the first person in the world to live at home without eating for 20 years. I had thought that would be the last non-fiction health story I’d write. Nope. Concussion Is Brain Injury is my second. At this point, I’m thinking my last. But one never knows, as I’ve learnt!
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? I want readers to know that concussion is a brain injury, a serious injury. I want readers to understand that
brain injury may be lifelong in its effects, but it can be treated not just strategized around. I want readers to accept that there is no time limit on getting better, there is no deadline for when you must start healing. All is never lost. Seek, and you will find hope. Work hard, and you will achieve small steps. Those small steps one after the other will lead to more than your doctors will ever expect of you. You may want a break — heaven knows I’ve had several of those moments — but:
Don’t give up! Ever.
What are your goals as a writer? My goals right now are pretty simple: to publish Time and Space this year, to finish Aban’s Accension, to begin revising the last novel I wrote, and to write any other books that come into my head.
Have you started another book yet? I am mulling over my next novel. So much of writing is thinking, daydreaming. I’ll do that for a few months, and right now I have a character, an opening scene, perhaps a setting. By the summer, I should know what I’ll need to research if not before. And as is my habit, I will write it during November’s National Novel Writing Month.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? If you only know about brain injury through what you’ve read in newspapers and magazines, then I hope this book will have shown you not only the true reality that even quick recovery is years-long, but also that healing and rejoining society is possible too. And if you’ve had a brain injury or know of someone who has, then I hope this book will open a wealth of possibilities to you.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Once a year I stay up to an insanely wee hour, making a video. This year it was a book trailer for Concussion Is Brain Injury. More often, but not often enough, I take my camera out for a shoot. And I play with my photographs in Corel Paint Shop Pro, trying out different effects and textures. And when I can’t do that because of fatigue, I lounge in front of the TV, popcorn and hot chocolate nearby, watching a PBS show or one of my fave CBC dramas.
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Genre – Medical Memoir
Rating – PG13