I would ask what inspired u to write this book??
I was my grandmother’s caregiver beginning in 1995 before it became a “norm” in society.
Do you start with an outline?
Yes, but I usually divert from it by chapter 7. I let my characters take over/
i would ask the author is if you choose one super power what it will be and why?
Hmmm. It would be to have an abundance of strength to overpower the bad guys.
Not a question but a comment…loved that fact that you focused on faith in God. Definitely helps in times of frustration and weakness.
Thanks, Lavoris, for saying that. I like to remind readers that God can give us peace.
What inspired you to become a writer, and what was your first published book? (Sorry that’s two questions!😏
Lol. Two questions are okay. I’m an avid reader first. I wanted to read romance novels that would keep my mind in a safe place spiritually. I didn’t want to read something shameful on Saturday and then go to church on Sunday and couldn’t receive the message but images were stuck in my head. 🙂 My first book was Guilty of Love, which is part of a 9 book series in the Jamieson Legacy. It has a lot of genealogy tidbits interweaved in the storyline.
When is the next book in this series going to be released?
Here for You, Book 2, will be released September 1, 2020. Only six months away.
Will we find out more about Aunt Tweets story? I’m curious about the connections she’s making to her life experiences even if it isn’t all true.
Hmmm. Good question. Unfortunately, I don’t know.
I would ask..how do you put your faith into words in a way everyone can understand?
Sarah, that’s a thought-provoking question that has many answers. Sometimes, God will increase my understanding about a Scripture while reading my Bible or while I’m sitting in Bible class. I try to create scenarios (parables) with my characters experiencing a situation and need to hear God’s voice for guidance. Sometimes, we need a reminder that God never leaves us alone.
I listened to your podcast for the book and liked what you had to say about how knowledge and attitudes about dementia have changed through the years. I also agree with what you said about how most families deal with care-giving needs of loved ones, especially now that people tend to live longer than they the did in the past. In your research for this book, what new developments about Alzheimer’s treatment and support in recent years stood out to you the most?
Hmmm. What really stood out since my grandmother’s diagnosis was the different levels of dementia and how there is no one-size fits all symptoms. My grandmother could talk, some loved ones stop. The other thing is the different stages of dementia. When my grandmother was diagnosed in 1995, the information was s limited.
I would ask if there was any sort of personal situation which influenced the development of the characters in this book. I think their portrayal of different issues in the community is extremely realistic.
Yes, some of the scenes in Lean on Me happened when I was my grandmother’s caregiver–the wandering, the dog lose in the neighborhood, and more, but I also learned from recent caregivers too.
What did you want to become a author what did you make as a child that wanted you too
I’ve always enjoyed reading. I started writing because I wanted something inspirational to read.
I’m asking where your knowledge of Type 1 diabetes came from? As the mom of a T1D for 27 years, I know that you would never give insulin for a low blood glucose episode. You would do the opposite. Just asking.
Thanks, Anita. I had original wrote it as such, but someone corrected me, so it appears I had it right the first time. Sorry about that.
What is your personal experience with dementia. Your writing is so on target!
My grandmother had advanced stages of dementia.
How could Marcus know he was in love after such a short time?
I don’t think there is a time limit on falling in love. I think the more time he spent with Tabitha and Aunt Tweet made him see life in a different way and the type of woman he wanted in it.
Why did you write this book? I mean it was awesome but what inspired you to write it?
Thank you. My grandmother who passed away in 1995. I was her caregiver before the term became popular and it was hard. I wanted to share the experience.
Whose story, of all the characters, are you telling?
Tabitha and a little of Aunt Tweet.
What piece of advice would you give to someone that is curious about writing but not sure if they are cut out to do it?
Hi Rebecca! I would refer them to my website http://www.patsimmons.net where I have a section called FOR WRITERS