As (both of the) regular readers of this blog know, my wife and I left the United States about a year ago in order to go live overseas for a while. We had quite a few reasons for doing this, but overall, it was a desire to get out of the rat race of middle class America for a while and sort of “reset” our lives a bit. We did this once before when we moved to Germany for a year and after being back in the U.S. for five years, we were overdue for a change. So, in a bit of a whirlwind, we packed our bags, put our house on the market, and moved to a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. To say the pace of life here is different than it was in the U.S. would be a bit of an understatement.
I’m still practicing medicine, but my patient population is quite a bit different than it was back in the states.
My wife is still doing consulting work for her clients back in the states (via really really slow and unreliable internet), but has scaled this back dramatically in order to pursue one of her main dreams in life, which is to be a writer.
She’s just put her debut novel “Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen” up on Amazon via the Kindle Direct Publishing program, and although my opinion is obviously somewhat biased, I gotta say I think she’s written a great story.
She got the inspiration for this story while we were living in Germany and walking and riding our bikes through the old stomping grounds of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (i.e. the Grimm Brothers). A lot of people don’t realize that the original Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales were not the sugary cartoons full of sunshine and lollipops that were presented to us as kids. In reality, the original tales were full of horrible people and terrifying creatures doing unspeakable things. In a word, they were scary.
This story of my wife’s sort of returns to those original fairy tale roots a bit, but at the same time she keeps it just tame enough to be safe for kids to read (or have it read to them) without having bad nightmares.
If this sounds like a story you’d like to check out, just hit the link at the upper right of this page. Amazon Prime members can download it for free via the Kindle Library Lending Program. For everyone else, it’s still a heck of a bargain!
So go check it out and if you like the story as much as I do, leave some positive reviews for it and tell your friends, etc. My beautiful wife would like to do this writing thing full time and I’d love for her to be able to do so.