Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and second, is of Bobby Logan.
Bobby Logan lives in North Port, FL. Bobby, a self-admitted anglophile, is also interested in mystery novels, rock music and the paranormal, and has combined these interests in “Rubber Soul”, which is a novel about a New Jersey college student in the early 1960s who remembers a past-life in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles were still a bar band, and he decides to go to Liverpool and investigate that life.
And now from the author herself:
My best friend was the first person I met. I knew her before I was even born. I think it is quite possible that I picked her out myself. I still consider her to be the nicest, warmest and most loving person I have ever met.
At school age, I realized just how special she was when I was introduced to nuns and school children. My first grade nun hated me and so did the other students. I’m not sure how much influence the former had on the latter, but I doubt that it helped.
I was a smart child, but for a reason I could not yet understand, my processing was slow, which led other people to think I was not.
My best friend, AKA mom, was always there for me. She had had problems with her peers when she was young and so was very understanding about the problems I had and how much it could hurt. She refused to let me believe any of the bad things that people said about me. I don’t know what I would have done without her.
When I grew older, it was hard for me to find a field to go into. I still had the processing delay and I was very insecure. I went to college for Psychology and graduated with a Bachelor of arts. I went on to graduate school for social work. I had a field placement in a community center. I loved it there, but one night when I was playing pool with a young boy, I had a Grand Mal seizure. I was diagnosed with an Arterio Veinous Malformation in my brain. The doctor said that it was not safe to operate and that I had a 50% chance of dying or becoming crippled. My mother was right there to comfort me. She was devastated.
I was not able to finish my masters degree social work program due to being heavily medicated, not being able to drive, and my processing delay which I now knew was caused by the AVM. I didn’t know what I could do with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I looked into my possibilities, but meanwhile took a job as a cashier in a supermarket. The bosses criticized me for being too slow. They timed our rings per minute and I was the slowest cashier of all. I worked there for three years and then my family moved to Florida, where I got another job in a supermarket and had the same problems with being slow. They took me off the register and made me bag groceries. I was miserable.
My Mom first got sick a few years after we moved to Florida. She had Breast Cancer and I was very relieved when I found out that the doctors were able to remove the Cancer.
Everything was fine for about ten years and then she was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. The doctor operated and she was on Chemotherapy for a while. The Chemotherapy made her so sick and I hated to see her that way, but she did eventually get better. It was a relief to my whole family until a short time later when she developed Colon Cancer. She had multiple operations and was in the hospital for a long time. She was so happy to get out of the hospital and we were so happy that she was doing better and then she started feeling sick again. This time she had Liver Cancer. She was on the Chemotherapy and feeling so sick. She started to lose her hair and to lose weight. I tried to get her to eat, but she just didn’t have much of an appetite. She started getting sicker and we took her to the hospital. The doctor said that we should put her in a hospice. I must have been in denial because I kept telling myself it was going to be okay. I finally realized how bad it was when the doctor told us that she only had a week to live.
I was devastated. I couldn’t bear the thought of losing her. My birthday was coming and I knew that if she died on my birthday I would never want to celebrate it again. We celebrated my birthday in the hospice in my mom’s room. It was a very difficult experience for me. She died at 12:45 a.m. on Aug 31 only 45 minutes after my birthday ended. My brother in law suggested that knowing what a loving, selfless person that she was, that she probably held onto life and her pain until she knew my birthday was over. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
It was very hard adjusting to her death. We lived in the same house and now I was going to be alone. I went to grief counseling and the grief counselor suggested to me that I write a book. I had always wanted to so I thought It was a great idea. I wanted to write my memoirs, but I ended up signing up for a class in fiction writing. I had always wanted to write a fiction book as well and I ended up getting so interested in the class that I put the memoir on a back burner. One of my classmates told the class about a book called “No Plot No Problem” by Chris Baty. It was a method of writing a book in 30 days and I thought it sounded great so I bought a copy. It ended up taking me longer than 30 days but I didn’t care because I ended up writing “Rubber Soul” and getting it published. It was such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment for me and I really felt that I had finally found a way that I could use my brain without having somebody standing around timing me. I dedicated it to my mother of course. I’m very sad that she can’t read it but I hope that wherever she is, she knows about the book and about how her passing lead me to write it. When I looked up the available dates to do this project, I noticed that July 14th was available. This would have been my mother’s 84th birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!
A hard day for you, I’m sure. The last thing my father said to me (and the last time my mum, brother and I had visited him, on my 34th birthday, in hospital – he had dementia) was “You are a lovely lot”. Most of the time he was either asleep or not aware of who we were so that’s very special to me. Thank you, Bobby.
You can find more about Bobby and her writing via… www.rubbersoulbook.com.
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