This week I received some encouraging comments about my latest manuscript–the first draft was finished in December. It’s a personal mother-daughter story in which dementia plays a leading role. The reader, who I met once, very briefly, is an intelligent, compassionate woman who runs a psychology practice. She wrote:
‘I finished your book yesterday. It was great. Finally I had a block of time I could devote to it. I read the last 50 pages in one sitting and I must admit I found the ending very emotional. I had tears running down my face. I am a bit of a softie and prone to tears but this was a “make eyes puffy and red” type cry.
It was sad of course but my over-riding feeling afterwards was a warm and fuzzy one. This is hard to explain but I felt connected to your story and it was a great privilege to be able to read it. I think you are able to convey such a great sense of character and personality by your writing. Certainly in regard to your Mum but also in relation to yourself. I have told a number of people about your book in the last few weeks. Most people have (or will have) a period in their life where this type of experience has great relevance.
Your storytelling skills are exceptional.
As I said previously I think it has a fantastic self-help side to it as well.’
No wonder the sun seems to be shinning so brightly this morning!