At a recent book launch event for 'A MATTER OF ISSUE', I was asked how I decided on names for the various characters in the book. I have to admit that this is one of the more interesting, and fun, challenges of writing for me, and I make frequent use of the 'search and replace' feature - a character can change names as often as I like at the click of a button!
Anyhow, this made me think that maybe readers would like to know a little about the characters I have developed in 'A MATTER OF ISSUE', so over the next few blogs I will introduce them to you.
Let's start with the head of this fictional family - Charles Wentworth. Charles is elderly, recently widowed, and has two grown sons and four grandchildren. Charles has done well for himself; from humble beginnings he worked his way up the corporate ladder and landed on one of the top rungs. He and his wife always lived frugally and over the years accumulated quite a nest egg. Charles always liked to say that his favourite place to live was below his means.
Charles was an avid golf player before he started having back problems, but now he mostly stays at home. His doctor has encouraged him to get out and walk, said it would help his back, but Charles didn't much like walking - he said it was what poor people did, people who couldn't afford cars or the gas to put in them.
But lately Charles is becoming a little forgetful and he tends to flare up if provoked. He is also becoming very lonely ...
June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Organizations around the world are planning to mark the date - from barbecues to workshops and more.
The Austin Bank offers the following tips for stopping elder financial abuse in its tracks.
In 2010, when I published my memoir entitled "Raised by Committee", I was overwhelmed by the number of women, and men, who approached me to say that they had had similar experiences. Many had told no one about it, until they opened up to me. I would listen to their stories, feel their grief, and encourage them to seek professional help, if needed. I only started opening up about my experiences when my first marriage broke up. The minister at the church I attended would talk about my 'family of origin' and the impact our backgrounds have on our daily lives. I was slowly able to open up about my childhood experiences, and only then was I truly able to deal with the demons and put them to rest.
'Raised by Committee' is a celebration of recovery, and a dedication to the hidden angels that take care of the children who, through no fault of their own, have become the flotsam of our society. We all have our stories to tell. Let's share a few.