Saturday, February 28, 2015

0 Eileen Cook, author of REMEMBER, on being inspired by scientific experiments

What was your inspiration for writing REMEMBER?

I’d read an article about some scientific experiments being done with memory. The scientists were looking for a way to reduce the difficulty war veterans have with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It occurred to me if people could get rid of very traumatic memories, there would also be a market for people who wanted to get rid of all sorts of memories.

I began to wonder what types of things might go wrong once you begin messing around with someone’s memory. It can be relatively easy to confuse what is a real memory from what someone might tell you happened. What if something you were sure was true, suddenly seemed to be uncertain, possibly a lie?

Once all these questions were swirling around in my head I knew I had a book- all I had to do is write it!

How long did you work on REMEMBER?

It takes me about a year to write a book, that includes time spent thinking about the idea before I even start writing. I find I work best when I give myself a chance to let a book sit for a period of time. When I do that the ideas really start to come.  I’m lucky in that I enjoy the actual writing process. I don’t have difficulty making myself sit down and get words on the page- for me that’s the fun part. It’s the idea formulation and revisions that can give me headaches.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

I had confessed to a writing mentor that I was nervous about sending my work out and the rejection I knew would come. She told me “Eileen, you already aren’t published. The worst thing that will happen is that you still won’t be published.”  That’s when I got it- rejection isn’t fun, but it’s not life or death either. I realized I could survive hearing No, or someone telling me I was no good. What I couldn’t survive is knowing that I never took the chance.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Read. Read a lot. Books are the best teachers. If it is a book you like take it apart. Look at how the author told the story, whose point of view? What scenes did she include? Who are in those scenes? How does the story unfold? Writers are making choices all the time- you can learn from how they chose to tell the story what kind of options you might have to tell yours.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a new mystery that involves friendship, lies, some betrayal and Italy!


by Eileen Cook
Simon Pulse
Released 2/24/2015

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…

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Head shot distanceEileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, YEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES came out in February 2014.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and one very naughty dog and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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