Wow, keeping up a blog is hard work. Now I remember why I gave up on maintaining it. Today, to help support my repackaged release of the New Life two volume set, I thought I’d talk about how I came to write the book(s). Be sure to download a copy for FREE from now through Friday. Amazon only but you’re welcome to pick up a copy even if mobi isn’t your preferred reading format.
New Life is about Jason, a young man who has suffered traumatic brain injury due to a car accident and is still adjusting to the new limitations of his brain–and his life. Because he has some memory issues and requires a set routine to function, he is working a janitorial job when he meets Anna, the woman who becomes his love interest. She’s a lawyer whose firm is located in the building. He finds her sobbing in a stairwell after her first botched attempt in court and he gives her comfort and words of wisdom in her dark moment. Their relationship evolves from this first “meet cute” as the couple deals with social differences and issues caused by Jason’s disability. New Year resumes several months after the end of New Life and continues Jason and Anna’s story as they spend Christmas with her parents.
Many of my books and stories contain a kernel of some movie I’ve seen and then expanded to suit my own fantasy. New Life was inspired by The Lookout, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, and as you read New Life you may notice the physical similarities in my description of the hero. This was one case when I definitely had a specific actor in mind as I wrote. (Never did get a cover model that remotely resembled him but oh well.)
Here’s the blurb for The Lookout. “Chris “Slapshot” Pratt (Gordon-Levitt), whose once-bright future has been dimmed by a severe head injury, is a night janitor at a bank. Lonely and frustrated, Chris falls prey to a con man’s seductive promise of romance and a better life, and agrees to help rob the bank where he works”
Seriously, check out this movie if you don’t mind dark plots with no real love interest. Jeff Daniels was really good too. I really liked the story but I wanted a romance involved–so I wrote one, and that’s New Life.