NOMINATED FOR THE ERIC HOFFER AWARD IN GENERAL FICTION
The protagonist, Eryn, has anxieties, but on the surface, you wouldn't know it as she is bright, conscientious, knowledgeable, and very good at her work. Her work is so good she has even received a raise and been given a special assignment after only a brief time at her job. Her anxieties - she naturally suppresses them by staying busy, but they show when she's idle or when those concerns are pricked and laid open.
You may ask, "What are her anxieties?" Since she works well with others, one certainly wouldn't think she is anxious about personal interactions, but early in life she was. She has done much to ease that fear, but worry still creeps back in - it actually simmers just beneath her exterior. Her grandfather lays open one of those simmering wounds, leading Eryn to seek solace, some comfort, in the immediate aftermath. Her work soon again helps to quiet her mind. That work, a sensual experience, and her special project wherein she travels half-way across the country then quickly propels her into a past era as she researches genealogies and becomes visited by visions and eerie feelings for which she has no explanation, until...
...With the help of her co-worker, host family, and two love interests who send shivers down her spine, she finally uncovers the source of her anxieties. During the same time, she finds the love of her life - some might say her soulmate.
But she has not yet resolved her issue with her grandfather. With the deep secret she has uncovered, will she be able to make him understand, or will she be shunned by him forever?
About the Author
As you already know, I am a professional writer, but I'm also a physician. Please don't try looking up medical credentials for JAKe, because that name is my pen-name. I promise you that I am a physician. I spent many years practicing, and by that, I mean working, as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I still maintain three state licenses, but I spend my time now writing. The fictional stories that I have written have sprung out of time spent treating patients. The stories are unique in that although they are fictional, they have much in the way of historical fact and medical fact. They also include humor, although mostly subtle and are flavored with a touch of fantasy. I grew up in a city of near thirty-five thousand in the north-central part of Illinois. My higher education was at Loyola University of Chicago, followed by medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. I treated patients for 25 years in Illinois before moving to Ohio, where I now reside. Besides writing, my time is filled taking care of my home, gardening, hiking, and simply enjoying the fresh air outdoors and the beautiful plants and animals that nature provides. I am always trying to introduce new plants that are not invasive, conserve water, and attract a variety of butterflies to my gardens. The reason for wanting to attract butterflies has a story that goes back to my childhood, but rather than relating the whole story, let me just say it mostly has to do with their enthralling colors and the way that their flight seems to be so carefree.