Hello, Anna, welcome, and congratulations on the release of your book.
GENRE: Drama/Family/Sweet Romance/Dementia
Boy is a story about a few weeks in the lives of Hugh and Betty Roberts, an elderly couple living alone on a family farm in Iowa. They are buried deep in grief over the loss of their only child and struggling to hang on to the only life they have ever known when dementia sneaks in. An unusual visitor brings a welcome distraction and reprieve just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Join this couple and other unforgettable characters as they prepare to share in a memorable and much needed Thanksgiving gathering at the old couple's farm. What transpires is credited to friendship, love and the relentless power of hope. Directly or indirectly we are reminded of what really matters on this brief walk we call Life.
On both sides of the driveway there were fields of corn, now harvested. Even in the wind you could hear the pheasants running through the few stalks that remained. The distant fence lines stood like loyal soldiers waiting for the day they could come home. The air smelled wet and of dirt, the smell one becomes addicted to after having lived off the land.
As they walked the long driveway arm in arm, Hugh got a whiff of his childhood. All around him he smelled the seventy-eight years of his life. He turned to look at his wife who still clung to the small box and wondered whether she too could smell the years in the wind.
The rain looked like it was still miles away, however the wind was always strong and present. In Iowa, the wind is never far away, always sneaking around, reminding you of how pointless it was to comb your hair or wear a cap.
By the time they had reached the mailbox it had started to sprinkle. Hugh let go of Betty's arm long enough to retrieve the mail and shove it inside of his flannel shirt, when a gust of wind swept by them, taking with it the lid from the box. Across the field and into the next it tumbled, until being captured by the loyal soldiers.
Writing to Heal
I wrote Boy purely to heal myself from what had been the saddest period of my life and also to send a message on the importance of being present with the ones that need us the most—our elders. I first self-published Boy, which at the time was enough for me. Now it is being traditionally published by an independent publishing house: Between the Lines Publishing. I feel that the message I am trying to relay in this story is important and I wanted it “out there” for that reason. What I found is that the message hasn’t been getting out there fast enough, based on the number of people who are touched by both Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It seems to be an epidemic and getting ahead of it is vital, even if that just means with knowledge that will help a caregiver and family member cope. When I was desperate for information during my father’s illness, I didn't seem to find the information I was looking for. Due to my deep sadness and helplessness, I was looking for something that did not exist—which was a solution, a way to make everything better—and during the process of “being present” with my father I found it the hard way. It was all about going into his world, no matter how mixed up it seemed. Trying to pull someone back into our world when they have partially left it, sets one up for defeat because it is impossible. The best part is having a reader “get” the message I am putting out there. Having them tell me how they relate to this part or that part of the story is rewarding and the entire goal of whatever I write about.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Anna Hamilton (1958- present) was born in Des Moines Iowa. She lives in Northern Minnesota along the Canadian border where she owns and operates a small restaurant in the village of Grand Marais. During the slower winter months she writes, preferring fiction over non-fiction. "Fiction" she says, "is much easier to create because you can be on the outside of a story looking in, rather than on the inside, fighting your way out." Hence her first novel 'Boy'.
When she is not working or writing, her time is spent mentoring children in need and advocates on behalf of both children and the elderly. She and her sister Sarah are currently working towards building 'affordable' housing for their community. Part of the proceeds from her first novel 'Boy' will be dedicated to help finance that project.
Anna Hamilton will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, in addition to the gift card, the author will offer a prize to a second winner: a store coupon from Between the Lines Publishing/Liminal Press (half price print book or free ebook).
Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2021/05/vbt-boy-by-anna-hamilton.html