Maggie Le Page lives in
Christchurch, New Zealand with her partner and two children. Coming from a
background in finance and education, writing wasn’t on her agenda until she
made the fatal comment, “I could write something like that.” She is far less naïve
about writing these days. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
In celebration of the release of The Trouble With Dying, Maggie is offering a digital copy of the book to one lucky
commenter. Tell us if you’ve ever had a near death or out-of-body experience,
or a moment of clairvoyancy or premonition and what happened. But please leave your email address in your
comment. Otherwise, we have no way of contacting you if you win.
I love this time of year. The decorations, the preparations, the excitement in the
air... For me, Christmas is synonymous with family—and a whole raft of
traditions we’ve built up over the years.
But a couple of Christmases ago I looked around and
wondered: what would it be like if I suddenly lost it all? What if I woke up
and couldn’t remember my family, or our Christmas traditions, or even my own
personality? It got me thinking. So, of course, I did what any self-respecting
writer would do and forced a character into that situation, then waited to see
what would happen.
What happened is The
Trouble With Dying, which has just been released.
Trouble With Dying starts when Faith Carson wakes up
to find herself in a coma. Obviously I use the term ‘wakes up’ loosely. She doesn’t
remember her past, doesn’t know her name, and she has way more problematic issues than getting ready for Christmas.
Issues like...how to wake up. How to remember what happened.
How to make sure she doesn’t wind up dead. (Sorry, can’t give too much away.
Oh, okay. I’ll give you a hint in the blurb below...)
While writing Faith’s story I spoke to a range of people who’d
had near death and out-of-body experiences. And the one thing that stood out
for me was that most of these people were able to tell me things they’d heard
and seen while unconscious (even flatlining); things that were later confirmed as
correct by medical staff. They were things that could not be explained away as
guesswork or imagination.
Which was great news
for me! It added credence to The Trouble
With Dying’s premise.
My second piece of great news was learning that comas don’t
necessarily follow a set pattern or timeframe to recovery. Comas are specific
to each person’s circumstances. From a storytelling perspective, this was pure
gold. The Trouble With Dying was on its way.
All it needed was a few of my favourite angles—love,
conflict, clairvoyance, skulduggery, and the age-old life after death
question—and I had a novel even my partner wanted to read! Possibly a bit
heavier on suspense than your standard chick lit read, but sometimes the
characters tell the writer how it needs to be written rather than the other way
round. (Shrugs.) I’m okay with that.
And now The Trouble
With Dying is out! It’s been released just in time for another Christmas,
one where, thankfully, I remember everything that’s special to me and am
grateful for it all.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope your mid-winter festivities
(or mid-summer if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere like me) be relaxing and
full of unforgettable memories.
When Faith Carson
wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad
start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there
or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants
her ventilator switched off.
As if that’s not
enough, Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and
one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at
life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by
Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week—ever.
decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart.
But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a
whole new way—and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn
week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.