The giveaway winner of MIRACLE LANE is Leigh Morgan. Congratulations, Leigh!
While I was posting the stories of my fellow Magical Musings bloggers every other Monday, MIRACLE LANE, the third book of my Miracle Interrupted series, was published. A couple years ago, I had the idea of writing a story about a main character with a form of Asperger’s Syndrome. I can remember emailing my CPs and saying, “I can do that person.”
I never found a story to go with it, though, until MIRACLE LANE. And then the Asperger’s Syndrome still didn’t fit my heroine. Instead she lost her memory. Not the ‘soap opera’ selective memory loss. This was a complete mind wipe. She couldn’t remember how to swallow, how to eat, how to walk or how the read. She had to relearn everything before the story started, from the smallest to the biggest.
To top that, she was a hateful person before this. So hateful that someone ran over her twice with a car. So hateful that not one person she knew before this visited her in the hospital or in rehab. Her family sent her letters telling her why they hated her.
Because of her brain damage, she’s a different person when the story starts.
I didn’t just pick on the heroine. The hero has PTSD. Probably the sanest character in the book is the cat who talks to the heroine. My heroine thinks cats are easier than people. The cat agrees.
When I started this post, I googled Asperger’s to double check my spelling, and an article came up from the Dallas News saying the American Psychiatric’s Association is dropping Asperger’s from their diagnosis manual. So it’s just as well I decided not to give her Asperger’s. Instead they’re adding the term “autism spectrum disorder” to their manual. (No, I did not make that up.)
What kind of a mental or emotional problem do you think would be interesting for a main character?
I’m giving away an e-copy of MIRACLE LANE to a commenter. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday. Here’s the description:
She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love…
Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.
Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her…and might try again.
As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.