What inspired you to write your memoir?
While battling leukemia, the butterfly effect sprang forth in my life (in the form of an old friend sending me a Facebook friend request), and I wanted to write something hopeful and inspiring to other cancer patients, maybe even others suffering from any long-term illness. I wanted to show others that it IS possible to overcome great odds and that cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
About your Book:
Cancer. It’s one of the things we most dread to hear about ourselves or a family member. Many people will think it’s the end of the line for them.
Mrs. Madden tells the story of her battle with leukemia (AML specifically), and the struggles she and her family experienced during this tragic time.
Find out how her battle with cancer led her to become an independently-published author, bringing her a sense of fulfillment she thought had been lost forever.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
A friend encouraged me to publish. Even though I had published two years prior to this, my only book at the time was only available in digital formats. I’ve now published through CreateSpace and my books are in print as well as e-format. I love to write, but my stories do no good sitting in my computer where people can’t enjoy them! And I’d lost my job to cancer, and needed something to do!
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
A memoir, especially if dealing with illness or tragedy, is very soul-baring. You have to speak of yourself as the main character, even including all your flaws and embarrassments.
I was born in Midland, TX, but grew up in Flushing, MI. I’m married with two teenage daughters, three dogs, and a horse. I currently live in the small farm town of Fisk, MO, where I’m working on my next two books: Triple Heist and Fang and Claw: Book One of the Undead Unit series.