#Interview with Patricia Ann Bowen, author of The Cure
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I was at a meeting of Sisters in Crime when the leader asked the audience to write a quick book blurb and share it. I’d been doing a lot of volunteer work with senior citizens, and my dad had recently passed away with dementia, so the topic of Alzheimer’s was top of mind. I raised my hand with an idea, the audience applauded, and two long years later I published the book.
After I published The Cure, I decided to turn it into a trilogy. I’m just finishing book two, and putting ideas together for the third.
What is your writing process?
I try to write one thousand words each morning, or work on revisions. When I get bored or stuck I write short stories, then I come back with fresh ideas for the novel.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Laptop. And I’m always taking notes on paper as they come to me.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I especially like Anna, in the second book in the trilogy. She’s rough around the edges but deceptively clever, and does a major transformation of herself in the story.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’d like to be Charlee, the child of Paige Bergeron and Peter Lee. She’ll have fascinating experiences in her life, like no one else.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I gave Paige a French ancestry so her name fit. Peter has a long Korean name which I shortened and Americanized. Charlee is a play on the man Peter killed (no spoilers, please).
Wow – it certainly sounds like an intriguing series and great read! Thank you so much for answering my questions!
Read on to discover more about ‘The Cure‘ and Patricia Ann Bowen:
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?
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.