Saturday, August 25, 2007

Discussion of Remember Me in response to Fred

Hi Molly,I read your first novel, Remember Me. Having been through a divorce, I was struck by the realism of the story. Was it taken from your own life?

Hi Fred,
Thanks so much for your comments. I think all writers pull at least some of their work from their experience. I am no exception. However, I researched extensively for this book while sitting in divorce and family courts, talking to people with cases being heard. I was there so often listening to peoples' stories that many of the attorneys and police officers that worked in the courthouse thought that I was an attorney!

One of the things that struck me in my discussions, and prompted the idea for this book, was the hopelessness sometimes felt when families going through divorce cannot get resolution from the court process. If these folks could agree, most of them wouldn't need to be in court. And yet so often, the court is reluctant to rule and instead insists on numerous court appearances, hoping that the divorcing parties will come to agreement in the mean time. It was this stasis that seemed to create some of the stories of suicide and domestic violence that this book was based upon. I'm not an attorney and not sure what the answers are. But I thought that presenting the problems in this form was very important. Thanks for asking.

Very truly yours,
Molly Brogan


fred said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
fred said...

Thanks for your response, Molly. I lost my sister to suicide during a nasty divorce. Your book helped me understand why. None of us understood the problems she faced. Maybe if more people write about it, something will be done.

I noticed your response to the pd post. I would also like to join a Rudolph Steiner discussion. Can I email you too?

Molly Brogan said...

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your sister, Fred. Thanks for saying that the book was a help. You know, it never occurred to me that after publishing Remember Me, I would again be hearing stories of this nature. I do appreciate your willingness to share.

I think that if we find enough interest in a Rudolph Steiner discussion, we can continue a thread here on the blog. In the meantime, feel free to email me directly for info on my Steiner group.


fred said...

Thanks Molly. I hope other people who read this book enjoy being able to feel the character's emotions the way I did. I have given my copy to my sister who is reading it now.

I look forward to the Steiner discussion group.


Kim said...

I very much enjoyed the dream journal entries in Remember Me. It seemed to me that Mary's dreams changed as she aged, the way an adult dreams differently than a child. How did you develop the dream journal for this character?