There are two questions which make me uncomfortable the moment they are asked, not because I mind the question, or even mind the answer, but because I know the answer is not a simple one. The first question is: "How did you and your husband meet?" Well, we met in a chat room. A long time ago. Before anyone realized how scary that could potentially be, but also before anyone realized that MOST (okay, maybe not most, but many) people meet their spouses in chat rooms. So, that one is always pretty complicated.
Question #2 on the dread list is: "What's your book about?"
I love to talk about my book(s), and I am THRILLED when people show interest, but telling anyone what Abigail Phelps is all about is not simple by any means. I've sometimes described it as a crazy lady book, but I don't know if the crazy lady in question is Abby or me. And of course a big part of Abigail Phelps is that it really may be something different to everyone. That's part of the design. Reality is in the eye of the beholder...
If forced to sum up in one sentence what the book, or more accurately the series, is about, I would say this:
A woman is institutionalized and claims she was put there by Ted Kennedy, which is assumed to be a delusion, but as you go with her on the journey through her many delusions, you discover that the truth lies in what is the most difficult to believe.
And then I started thinking... How would Abby, Alec, and Avery describe the books?
Dr. Alec B. Redmond - "A mentally fragile woman, who also happens to be frighteningly brilliant, gets carried away as she takes part in a course of treatment, and somehow she carries everyone away with her."
J. Avery Brennan - "One of the greatest love stories never told, all through the eyes of a woman who had no right to be there in the first place."
Abigail Phelps - "My life story - the good, the bad, and the you-can't-be-serious."
Have you read the books? How would you sum the story up in one sentence? And