TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS…
A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.
Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?
Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
At my desk, in front of my windows to the world, with two cats beside my laptop.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I get up quite early and walk three miles every day, then I either do some yoga or go to the gym. Home for breakfast, read the headlines, check email, then hunker down and write.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee if I’m writing in the morning. Water or iced tea if it’s afternoon.
– What is your favourite book?
Elena Ferrante’s ‘friend’ series, books by Patricia Highsmith and Pascal Garnier, so many.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I started out as a copywriter and wrote speeches, catalog copy, articles, training materials. I wrote an early e-book and sold it as a PDF before amazon was selling digital books; it was about planning for the last part of one’s life financially, spiritually, etc. I kind of like the genre I’m in now, women’s fiction. It flows well for me and I have so many ideas for future stories. But who knows what the future will bring?
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Stories are often inspired by people I know, but no, my characters come to me as new acquaintances that I have to get to know.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Of course. And I have a memo app on my phone.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Military, and macho guy stories.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve spent a lot of time in the city of Amsterdam and love the light and dark sides of it. I’d like to get to know more about its contrasts which I think could provide the backdrop for a rich novel.
Thank you, Patricia Bowen and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.