Deb is a fabulous resource of information and encouragement. I met her three years ago at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina – and have looked forward to seeing her each consecutive year. Truly, she’s as sweet as she looks.
Here’s her Love at First Thought:
My first novel, A Vow to Cherish, is about a family dealing with the wife’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Early in our marriage, my husband and I worked in the occupational therapy department of a large nursing home in New York. We worked with many patients with dementia and I realize now that working there, I was doing the research for a novel I wouldn’t write for many years. But when friends of my parents, and then grandparents of our children’s friends were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I remembered my time working with such patients in the nursing home. Soon, the idea for A Vow to Cherish began to form, and once I started writing, it was just five months before I had a finished first draft. That book was contracted just a few weeks before Ronald Reagan announced his own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, and in 1998, it became a feature-length film from World Wide Pictures.
Wow, Deb – what a story!!! I know from personal experience what a difficult journey it can be.
I’ll add an Inspirational Thought on Friday. In the meantime, may the Lord bless your day with inspirational thoughts and beautiful blessings.