New author, David Tadlock from Honoraville, AL joins us today at Writers in Business. He has just finished his first novel entitled, Woman of Courage, which will be published in 2010 by Around the Loop Publishing, ATL Publishing.
David, Can you provide us with a synopsis of your book?
A girl is born to a young couple in Courage, Georgia in 1956. They are your average American family. As the little girl begins to grow she learns to cook at a very young age. By the time she is 9 and 10 years old she has fully cooked meals on the table for her parents as they come home from work. . The father isn’t real abusive but he is controlling. By the time she is 15 years old she meets an 18 year old just graduating from high school. A car mechanic he gets a job and asked her to marry him. The parents agree and not long after they are married he begins to be abusive to her, verbally and physically.
The opportunity arises for her to get out of the situation and she’s thankful they didn’t have any children together. She lives with her grandmother for a short while and her grandmother teaches her many values of life that her mother never taught her, standing firm on an infallible faith in God and church. She meets another man who treats her with love and respect, he takes care of her and they have 3 children together (2 boys and a girl). She gets cancer and as it spreads throughout her body she holds fast to the faith her grandmother taught her that had sustained her for all these many years of abuse and neglect.
In the end she dies from cancer and a “Woman of Courage” scholarship and trust fund is set up in honor of her for high school students who are seeking a profession in the medical field.
Cancer has become prevalent and most of us know someone who has been touched by it. I understand inspiration for your novel came from your sister’s experience with cancer. How did this influence the direction and purpose of your book?
It wasn’t just my sister I had in mind while writing but many people that I’ve had an association with over the years and some whom I did not. After I watched the program of Farrah Fawcett’s struggle with cancer that only drove me to press ahead and finish the work. It is not only about fighting cancer but also about overcoming child and spouse abuse other issues Beverly’s had to face as well.
What do you hope to accomplish by sharing this story?
Cancer has become a word every single person in America and the world hates to bring up because everyone is affected directly or indirectly by this dreaded disease. A month has been set aside for cancer awareness. But child abuse and spouse abuse is very real too. I want to give back to what I believe has been very instrumental in the fight against cancer. I will tell anyone and everyone I am giving half of my personal profits from the sell of this novel to the American Cancer Society for it’s fight against cancer. We don’t need to find a cure one day but today. Most importantly we can learn to be positive no matter what trials we go through.
Once published, where will we be able to purchase your book?
I do have a website in the works where they can be ordered online and I’m hoping it will get picked up by some bookstores and other websites as well.
I want to thank you for the opportunity you've given me to share my novel and my story with everyone. I really appreciate it very much.
David, it was my pleasure. Best wishes for your new book.