About Tom Canan:
Tom Canan was born and grew up in the small town of Kimberly, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a former small business owner and currently works as legal counsel for Olmsted County, Minnesota. He is married to Elizabeth and is the father of Katherine and Will Canan. Will was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 6 in 2004. He bravely battled cancer for over 8 years before he left us much too soon in October of 2012 at the age of 14. Will was an amazing, kind, funny, earnest young man who loved dogs and baseball and inspired many people across the country and around the world with his grace under the most enormous pressure imaginable. I’m privileged to tell his story in “Where There’s Will, There’s A Way – Reflections on My Son Will and His Cancer Journey”.
What inspires you to write?
My son Will and his incredible battle with cancer is what inspired me to write. I want to share his story with as many people as I can in the hopes it will inspire others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I created outlines dating back to the time of Will’s diagnosis and reviewed the information posted on his Caring Bridge and Facebook pages for material.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find something important to write about that moves you deeply, choose your words carefully to try to convey your ideas as clearly as possible and in such a way to help readers visualize exactly what you are talking about, and don’t give up when people tell you it is impossible to write a book and get it published.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I worked with a local editor and got a print version of the book printed here in Rochester, MN; then worked on preparing an e-book version once the print copies were being sold.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
E-books are the future of the industry, though because they rely on batteries and lack the tactile feel some people appreciate in a print book, print books are never going to vanish completely.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Biography, Inspirational, Personal Growth, Faith
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print