Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tour Interview Giveaway - I Have People by Taylor Dean

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I Have PeopleI Have People
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Create Space


Missing any memories? 

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?

That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM.

I am thrilled to welcome Taylor Dean to Colorimetry again!! See below for her other visits... or better, yet, dive into this.... um... deep heart-aching interview...

I love the premise of this story - I really want to know, WHO IS HE?!  Who does Holly not remember?!

Well . . . if I say who HE is, it would totally be a spoiler. Sorry! But, I will say this: this part of the story line came to me due to worry over my overactive imagination. I mean, seriously, I live in a dream world all the time! What if I had an accident wherein the results were amnesia. Would I wake up believing that Alex from Sierra (one of my other books) was really my husband? My hubby would be horribly hurt. Or maybe he would laugh at me, I'm not sure! But, you get the idea. My mind is so filled with imaginary characters, who knows what my subconscious would conjure up as the truth. I am completely intrigued by this thought and this is what set me on my way towards writing I Have People

What secret dreams do you have in your heart? Are those secret dreams so ingrained into your soul that you'd wake up from amnesia believing they were true?

Kinda scary, huh?

Yea... actually. That's quite the imagination!!

What experiences did you have that went into this story? I hope not memory loss!!!

I, personally, have never experienced memory loss, thank goodness. However, I vividly remember my favorite high school English teacher sadly telling us that his wife had been in a bicycle accident. Due to head trauma, the results were amnesia. I've never forgotten the incident. His story left a huge impact on me. After all, amnesia seemed like something that only happened in the movies! He updated us often on his wife's progress and I was fascinated by the story. This experience has always been in the back of my mind--and greatly influenced the writing of I Have People without me really realizing it. But, that's the way writing works for me. All of my past experiences work their way into my writing. I am continually surprised by this and often think, "Wow, who knew I'd someday use that story in my writing!" 

Wow!  How amazing that your teacher shared so much with you... and how incredible that you soaked it up like that.

Do you have a favorite scene?

The moment when Holly realizes the truth about her life--and realizes what the hero of the story has done for her. The unconditional love he has shown towards her is amazing.

In I Have People, I wanted to show the marked difference between a good man and a not-so-good man. It is a story about out-of-control anger and its effects. I wrote it because I have a strong dislike for people who can't control their temper. In other words, the story has a point--an important point. That is, perhaps, my favorite thing of all.

Ha! That's funny in a not-so-funny sort of way. I really want to read I Have People now. (Literally. Now.)

Share something personal!!  What are you doing for Christmas this year? 

This Christmas will be so very different from last year--and I'll be thankful for every single moment.

Let me explain.

In 2011, my daughter joyfully found out she was expecting. Only a short month later, we learned that her baby had a condition known as Trisomy 18, something I'd never heard of before. Trisomy 18 babies rarely survive birth. In spite of the odds, my daughter decided to see the pregnancy through. I told her I was proud of her for her decision. She said, "There was never any other option, Mom." That's why I was proud of her.

In times of trial, your perspective changes. My daughter and her husband hoped for five minutes with their precious son--and they would have been grateful even for that short amount of time with him. But, it wasn't meant to be. Our little Jerad lost his fight to live at eight months gestation on Dec. 22, 2011. Yes, just before Christmas.

It was a Christmas unlike any I'd ever experienced before. We all mourned the loss of Jerad from our lives. We spent Christmas at my daughter's home (seven hours away), taking care of her and helping her to recover. My parents rushed to be with us also. We were not going to be spending Christmas together that year for various reasons and suddenly we were all together very unexpectedly--and not for the happiest of reasons. Due to travel constraints, we had NO presents. We left them at our homes, under our trees. They'd still be there when we returned. Hence, we opened not one single present on Christmas. Our happiness was being together.

Now, I look back on it and realize just how tender a Christmas it really was. At the time, I missed all of the trappings. This year, we'll have the presents, the tree, the cookies, the music, the laughter. I'll have my son, my oldest daughter, her hubby, and my grandson with us. It will be wonderful. But, I'll never forget last year's humble Christmas spent at my daughter's side as she recovered from unselfishly giving a precious child a chance for life.

The best Christmas present I received last year was from a dedicated photographer from the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. What an amazing service they provide! The photographer dropped everything and rushed to the hospital to do a 'photo session' for us, so that we would have memories of our precious Jerad--free of charge and the pictures are ours to do with as we please. The picture is of Jerad's hand with his mother's and father's wedding rings in his grasp. A truly precious memory.

Ok.... I'm in tears. Thank you for sharing, Taylor... and for reminding me that Christmas has so many different meanings for so many different people. I feel like you have let me glimpse an achingly beautiful moment in your life. Thank you for being so vulnerable and so real.

Call me emotional if you want to, but thank you, too, for being so open to suffering people around you and creating stories to share their perspectives. I'm honored to have you visit Colorimetry.

About the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up. 

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