On February 02, 2011 my world shattered when my son, Jason, was diagnosed with cancer. On August 30, 2011 he passed on out of my world.
Since those days I’ve learned to walk with grief, and write with grief at my shoulder. Writing happy endings for my characters when they’ve had a great loss gives me a happy ending too. The discovery grief and pleasure can coexist has opened up a world unimagined during my my sons illness.
Writing has given voice to my sons wish that I be happy. Finding a path to joy and to be happy and at the same time honour his other directive, that I write a book has turned out to be a cathartic challenge.
Beginning a daily habit of journal writing in 2013 helped to crack open an untapped vein of my imagination. I discovered the truth in the message – there is no way to Happiness, Happiness is the way. By opening up to the ways of happiness the writer in me emerged Just in time.
My first book, Finding Nine, by Suki Lang is a work of fiction – Its the story of a 16 year old who loses his mother to cancer. She leaves behind a￼ series of eight letters for her son. Designed as a treasure hunt, the letters take John to a place left long ago, where he meets a family he knows nothing of. The object of the hunt seems to be to find a perfect spot to place his mother’s ashes. But John soon discovers the letters are his mother’s way of helping him move through his grief.
The journey he takes is about finding hope in the love of two people who welcome him with open arms. And John’s arrival is a gift never expected but long hoped for by the people his mother did not forget. Through the natural order of things a son is given the opportunity to fulfill a mother’s last wish and to discover her many secrets yet untold.