Where Do My Ideas Come From?
My first book Passing Through Brandiss is about a young woman, Annie Davidson, whose husband is killed and she is left with her young son Rafe in a house where they are surrounded by all the memories of the three of them as a family. She decides to move, sells the house, stores their belongings, and drives away, leaving Sausalito, California, behind.
She takes the Pacific Coast Highway and heads south until she and her son stumble upon the small town of Brandiss where they find a beautiful Craftsman house for sale. They decide to make Brandiss their home. There she meets and befriends a pregnant teenager who wants Annie to adopt her baby.
I wanted to tell a story about adoption. After I gave birth to my son Dylan we wanted to have another child but alas, it was not meant to be. We had never considered adoption, but when I found out I was already peri-menopausal and in vitro was too expensive, my husband and I made the decision to look into adoption.
We hired an attorney who only dealt with open adoptions and within six months one of the mothers saw our brochure, asked to meet us, and chose us as the people she wanted to adopt her child. The adoption progressed without any complications whatsoever. In fact, the birth mother Kim decided to waive the nine-month waiting period during which time she could change her mind. And Allessandra became legally our child sooner than expected.
I took "literary license" and changed the story. In Passing Through Brandiss Annie's adoption does not proceed easily. Why did I do this? Because I wanted to write about the fears I'd never expressed to anyone. After we took Allessandra home from the hospital when she was less than twenty-four hours old, I was afraid during the following nine months that Kim would change her mind.
In my second book, Moon Over Alcatraz, which was published in January of this year, I explore the issue of the death of a child and how that can affect a couple's marriage. That idea came from watching so many news broadcasts and Amber Alerts about children who are taken from their parents and many times are murdered. I had always wondered how parents survive the loss of a child. So I decided to explore that loss in Moon Over Alcatraz. Granted, such a tragedy has never befallen me or my family, but I am a mother. Therefore, I know what it is to love a child unconditionally, to be willing to die for them if it were necessary.
Warning! Moon Over Alcatraz has a happy ending.
I believe that attitude is everything. In Moon Over Alcatraz Brandy loses her child and struggles with depression afterward. But she's a strong woman, an author, who struggles through that difficult time and comes through it to attain her Happily Ever After.
Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. A germ of an idea can pop into my head and if it has the potential to make me "feel" a ton of emotions, then usually I can write a story about it. And hopefully readers will feel emotions when they read it.
About The Author:
Patricia Yager Delgrange was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended St. Mary's College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, and received her B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara, then went on to get her Master's degree in Education at Oregon State University. She live with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with our two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and her son Jack. Her horse lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.
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Book Description: Moon Over Alcatraz
Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty. But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return.
Book Excerpt: Moon Over Alcatraz
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