Why I do what I do
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 06:19PM
Keri-lee Griffiths
The day has come, my book is ready and it's out there for the world to see. My baby has been set free and it's a terrifying, yet exhilarating, prospect. "Unforgivable" has been a labor of love, sometimes love/hate, but over all it's been more then that. "Unforgivable" has been a life preserver during some really tough time. Bare with me and I'll explain.
I'm told that this is a very dramatic tale but honestly I don't mean it to be. Life has a way of changing the rules, without warning and without choice we find ourselves in a situation that is beyond our control. A few years ago I got very, very sick. Doctors told me I needed a new kidney and I needed it pretty quickly. I started dialysis, 3 and a half hours a day 3 days a week hooked up to a machine that kept me alive but made me feel like death slightly warmed up. I was put on the transplant list and my family members started the testing process. I was very lucky, I am very lucky, to have people in my life willing to under go surgery and give up a part of their body to save my life. The world is full of heroes!
The longer I waited the sicker I became. I couldn't work, I couldn't drive and I could barely get out of bed, I was stuck at home with the internet and day time tv. Now both have their place and I'm guilty of spending too much time on both but there's a limit. There's only so much you can take before you can absolutely buggy.
Thankfully my parents instilled a love of reading and I went through a library of books: Jack Higgins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tess Gerritsen to name a few of my favorites. Books gave me an escape, an adventure and excitement. I'm so enamored with books that, I think, the evolution from reader to writer was rather organic
.I can't tell you when or how I came by the idea for "Unforgivable" because I honestly don't remember but I do know why I started writing. When all the other distraction became a glaring reminder of how sick I was I turned to my imaginary world. This story was a place I could disappear to, have my adventure, and return to the world refreshed. When I couldn't go out and see my friends, these characters were excellent company.
"Unforgivable" was my escape and now it's yours. Wether you're sick, tired or stressed and need some place to go to recharge? My imaginary world is there for you. We all need to get away every once in awhile. It's healthy and just plain fun.Oh, in case you're wondering, I'm doing good now. My big brother, Gareth, was the brave soul generous enough to go through a big surgery for me. He saved my life, no question about it, and the best way to repay him is to live to the fullest. That's why I do what I do. That's why I write and I'm loving every second of it
Okay, enough of my sob story. I would love to hear from you so send me a message and say hi.  Remember to
take care of each other,Keri

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