In August 2007, I saw breaking news about the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minnesota. A news crew was interviewing a man who had just lost his pregnant wife, while she was driving over the bridge. I remember thinking about what I would do if that happened to me, and how could one move forward from such a traumatic event in their life.
That story became a ‘what if’ story for me, which turned into my first fiction novel, The Other Side of Goodbye. Since 2007, I have been working on it, and now, it will finally be released within a few weeks. It has been a sorrow, yet joyful journey, and I dedicate it to all those who have suffered such tragedies. It’s odd how fiction fancies life, but I wrote it to inspire people to think about hope, survival, and moving forward when something so traumatic happens.
During this Christmas season after hearing about my book, a friend sent me a link to Madonna Badger’s Vogue story in Connecticut. I finally read it yesterday and wept. My heart goes out to her and I am so proud of her for having the courage to move on with her life, after so much pain. She is an inspiration to us all.