I believe that if you invest a good portion of your life into something, you will have an emotional attachment to it.
For me, the creation of, “The Legend Of Kate Kensington”, was so much more! I was mentally lost in this world. Having been diagnosed with a chronic health condition and exhausting all medical treatments, I was left with options of experimental treatments that my insurance would not cover.
At that point in my life, I decided to pull the plug – not only at looking for a cure at all costs, but on life itself. I was overcome with a weight on my shoulders that I could no longer bear. I was losing my mental balance and my sense of wanting to fight anymore. I would sit for hours in a chair and listen to the silence as my thoughts began to drift. I wanted an escape…
I needed an escape from this, the real world.
I started writing my thoughts on paper, and for the most part, it was all dark and depressing. I would look at my little girl, Hayley, and think to myself, “there is so much I would like to share with you, but you are too young to understand”.
One day, I woke up and decided that I was going to go out and buy a bunch of birthday cards for her and write a letter in each one of them. Each one would reflect her getting older, how much I loved her and wished that I could share that day with her.
I talked to Melony, my wife, about this plan and she marked each envelope and placed them in a safe place.
I was on my last trip to Shands Hospital, while I was there in the waiting room, I looked around the room and noticed a woman coming out of one of the examination rooms. She had long, black hair and her head was leaning down. I could feel her pain from across the room. As I sat there looking at her, I was hit with an overwhelming idea. I grabbed my pen and started writing. My depression was stronger than ever, but I had a release now!
I had an idea for a story that was helping me drift away for a while.
Hospice was visiting me on a weekly basis. This was all new, and for me, was another indication of the events to come.