I have basically interviewed 21 other mothers who also had this type of pregnancy condition.
I put everyone’s pregnancy story in to a week by week format so the reader would be able to have a unique perspective as to what a mother copes with during a high risk pregnancy.
I have also had a wonderful time speaking with some of the most amazing physicians in this field.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a Jersey girl. Born in Flemmington NJ, I was raised early on in Belvidere NJ, then moved to the Lehigh valley, PA. I have a Associates Degree, in Interior Design with a specialized diploma in Kitchen and Bath design. I have never witten other then school assignments. Once my pregnancy had ended, I had learned that this pregnancy condition was more common then what I had first thought. So I made the decision to get a pamphlet together for doctors to give to a patient that has just been told the diagnosis. It developed into a 300 page book that Reliquiary Press took the liberty in helping reach the family and friends that need this information to help each other through a very high risk pregnancy.
What inspired you to write this book?
It really wasn’t inspiration. It was more the desire to help a mom, or family learn to cope. I made the decision to stand up and help after we lost the twins.
How did you choose the title?
The moms who are part of the book came up with it. They are all so wonderful.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Well, I had received over 250 rejection letters from literary agents, and publishing houses. But I am a very stubborn American, and I normally do not take no for a answer.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I never knew even how to write, I am very shy about this, It is hard for me to have any type of recognition for it. My grief has gone, but the sadness will linger. The thing that pushes me on is thinking the more that Forever Linked is advertised, that the more families will be comforted.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
That no matter what life may throw your way, you need to hold tight and not to quit.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would try to keep my own emotions out of the book as much as I could. But no, I wouldn’t change a thing.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
This is going to sound horrible, but I was never a avid reader. I had some really bad teachers growing up, and up until recently I never read. I have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, all of the Harry Potter stories, and have discovered Jane Austen. Jane Austen is my favorite so far.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have a few ideas in my head, but it is in a developmental status right now. So yes and no.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Umm. Well this is a bit of a story. I was watching JK Rowling in an interview. She was telling a story how a reader of hers asked if she will be writing about an American wizard, and she said that she looked at her fan, and said, “Well, if you want to read about an American wizard, then you go right ahead a write one…” not to wait for someone else to do it for you, that you should stand up and accomplish what you want. Well, that ‘s what I did, I knew the moms and families needed this. I didn’t give up, and now I have helped save at least one baby.
The parents had been told the worst news. And with my book and advise they found a second opinion, and save one twin. They did loose the other, but 1 little girl will be born with a healthy life ahead of her. This book has allowed that to happen.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Parents who face a loss of a baby, or a high risk pregnancy.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I help with the fetal Hope foundation and the Twin to Twin Transfusion Foundation. You can find me on Facebook, myspace, twitter, to ask any question to get through and have the support you need to make very difficult decisions.