Several of my books concern people who have been bereaved, and part of their story is how they come to terms with their loss and deal with all the issues which confront them. Deke in ‘Farholm’ had recently been widowed, Luka in ‘The Stalking of Luka Czekov’ had lost his beloved wife Rosa and in my next book, ‘Loving Judah’ Peter and Aislin struggle to come to terms with the loss of his son, Judah. My characters’ loss is a device to tell my story, and however sympathetic to them and however much I care for them, they aren’t real and their story is imaginary, a fiction.
Real loss is a so hard to cope with; the pain and grief are dreadful to bear. A friend of mine has recently published a book chronicling her own brave struggle to come to terms with the loss of her husband and partner of nearly fifty years.
The book is ‘Keys on a Brass Table: Living With Grief 2011-2012′ by Elizabeth Jerram
The profits from the sale of this book will go to charity, Sarcoma UK: