Why I Wrote WAM – A #PitchWars Blog Hop

This post is part of a blog hop for #PitchWars and will be hosted by the C.M. Franklin.

Why did I write Walking After Midnight? Because I couldn’t not write it, which is an oversimplification, for sure. The idea was gnawing at me, wouldn’t leave me alone. Characters spoke to me at the most inopportune times, like in the shower or in the middle of the night. Eventually I gave in and started jotting down ideas.

I’ve been a writer for the past twelve or so years, but a journalist. Not a novel writer. Not a fiction writer. Even as friends and family encouraged me to write a novel over the years, I dismissed it. What did I know about writing fiction? Nothing. And aside from that, I had no ideas. No characters. But over the years, I allowed myself to accept the possibility that I may want to try it someday, and slowly, those story and character ideas started eeking into my brain.

But it wasn’t all-consuming until a friend of mine went through a life-altering experience. Shortly after being married, shortly after becoming pregnant with their first child together, her husband was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Just as they were beginning their lives together as husband and wife. I was constantly moved to tears as I read her Caring Bridge posts, learning about all of the trials and tribulations they faced together as a couple. Beyond pregnancy tasks like ultrasounds and preparing a nursery, they were dealing with his heart shutting down. First the left side. Then his right. Their son was born and not long after he needed a total artificial heart replacement. He remained in the hospital with an entirely artificial heart keeping him alive as he awaited an organ donor. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

Just over a year ago, he had a heart and kidney transplant and now he’s back to life as usual, as much as one can following this type of surgery.

Their story has a happy ending. Thankfully. But I had this nagging question in the back of my brain: if they’d known all along that he had congenital heart disease, would they have done it all the same? Would he have allowed himself to be in a relationship knowing he could die? Would he have kids knowing he could pass along a hereditary condition?

I wrote Walking After Midnight to answer those questions, more for me than for anyone else.

Here are the rest of the participating blogs:

Carleen Karanovic: HOPE ON A FEATHER

Heather Truett: RENASCENCE

Tracie Martin: WILD IS THE WIND

Susan Bickford: FRAMED

Rachel Sarah: RULES FOR RUNNING AWAY

Amanda Rawson Hill: GRIMM AND BEAR IT

Charlotte Gruber: CODE OF SILENCE

Kip Wilson: THE MOST DAZZLING GIRL IN BERLIN

Mary Ann Nicholson: CALAMITY

Nikki Roberti: THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO-SHOES

Anna Patel: EXODUS

A. Reynolds: LE CIRQUE DU LITERATI

Susan Crispell: WISHES TO NOWHERE

Ron Walters: THE GOLEM INITIATIVE

Rosalyn Eves: THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

Ashley Poston: HEART OF IRON

Mara Rutherford: WINTERSOUL

Janet Walden-West: Damned If She Do

Kazul Wolf: SUMMER THUNDER

D. Grimm: WITCHER

Kelli Newby: THORNVAAL

Tara Sim: TIMEKEEPER

Elliah Terry: POCKET FULL OF POPPIES

Alessa Hinlo: THE HONEST THIEF

Rachel Horwitz: THE BOOTLEGGER’S BIBLE

Whitney Taylor: DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS

Lyra Selene: REVERIE

Natalie Williamson: SET IN STONE

Robin Lemke: THE DANCE OF THE PALMS

Stephanie Herman: CLIFF WITH NO EDGE

Shannon Cooley: A FROG, A WHISTLE, AND A VIAL OF SAND

Ruth Anne Snow: THE GIRLS OF MARCH

Elizabeth Dimit: PHOEBE FRANZ’S GUIDE TO PASSPORTS, PAGEANTS, & PARENTAL DISASTERS

Gwen C. Katz: AMONG THE RED STARS

Jennifer Hawkins: FALSE START

Kelly DeVos: THE WHITE LEHUA

Gina Denny: SANDS OF IMMORTALITY

Natasha M. Heck: FOLLOW THE MOON

D.A. Mages: THE MEMORY OF OBJECTS

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9 thoughts on “Why I Wrote WAM – A #PitchWars Blog Hop

  1. Mary Ann Nicholson says:

    I’ve commented on your premise before. What a moral dilemma! It’s a compelling question and I can only imagine an engaging story. So glad that the real life couple has a happy ending.

    Good luck next week! I hope you get mad requests!

  2. Kristin says:

    I love the premise of WAM, always have. I am so hopeful you get to share it with the world. Good luck, CP!

  3. Susan J. Bickford says:

    This sounds like an amazing story. Happy and thankful for your friends’ happy ending. I just had a dear friend go through a double lung transplant, so I know how traumatizing, but life-affirming the process can be. Best wishes for lots of requests!

  4. kiperoo says:

    Agreeing with the others that it’s so nice to know your friends’ story has a happy ending, but wow, the questions that it raises! I can see why you wanted to write about this. Good luck in PitchWars and beyond!

  5. I got chills reading this. My husband works as a clinical specialist for Berlin Heart, so I know well how deeply moving these stories are. His little patients are amazing and sometimes heartbreaking. Also, my family is riddled with Huntington’s disease. Thankfully, I do not have it. But if I’d inherited it? I ask myself the same question regularly. This story is absolute top priority for me to read when excerpts go live. Good luck to you!

  6. This story is a flat-out must read for me. I’m glad your friend has a happy ending, but for me, more than that, I want to know how you dealt with such a heart-wrenching topic in your book. You can count on me to be in line at the bookstore when you find a home for this novel.

  7. Beautiful story. So glad they had a happy ending. 🙂

  8. madamerubies says:

    Stories like this are why I think I will end up writing adult fiction one day. Can’t wait to read this.

  9. Oh man, I want to read this! So glad your friends’ story has a happy ending.

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