THE STORM by John Wills

Here’s a brief synopsis of the story: Anna’s life in the small town of Heavenly Harbor, Michigan, seems idyllic. Married ten years to her childhood sweetheart, Mark, she wants for nothing, except a baby. Unfortunately, her husband doesn’t share her enthusiasm. Anna has been secretly keeping a journal. She’s recorded her suspicions about Mark’s reluctance to share her dream and his possible infidelity. As she is about to confront him, lightning strikes, literally, causing her to lose her memory. The Storm will not only damage Anna physically, but possibly destroy her marriage as well—and Mark’s secret life is about to implode.

I was inspired to write this story simply because I’ve had people in my life recently who’ve suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve witnessed the steady progression of the disease, sometimes developing slowly, other times the result of a sudden onset. The destruction the malady causes is beyond description. After a while, the victim hardly realizes what is happening. Sadly, however, those close to the patients suffer immeasurably. Their once vibrant loved one disappears before their eyes. In the final stages, it’s not unusual for the victim to be unable to recognize family and friends. Heartbreaking.

So while I was pondering a story involving memory loss, I thought it would be interesting if it centered around a young person. Rather than Alzheimer’s, I thought an injury-induced case of amnesia would make for a compelling story. Thus, the making of Anna’s story took shape.
I did my research with respect to injuries resulting from lightning strikes—how they affect the physical and mental well-being. In addition, I wanted the protagonist to be likeable, believable, and strong. Anna is that person, and her tenacity after her injury makes her character even more powerful. The injury transforms Anna’s character, once a one-dimensional teacher and wife, into a strong determined woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.

Of course what would a story be without at least one antagonist that readers dislike right from the beginning? We have such a character in Vicky, a personal trainer at the local health club. Her chicanery and outright lack of morals wreaks havoc upon Anna’s marriage. Add to the mix a couple of strong insightful cops and the recipe for a great novel is ready to serve.

Early reviews have been outstanding and I look for more to be posted. Now excuse me as I need to start the wheels turning and come up with a tale for my next book.

Thanks, Marilyn, for allowing me to introduce my newest novel—The Storm.

--John Wills


John M. Wills said…
Thank you for hosting me and helping me get the word out about my latest novel. The Storm is a compelling read that has a surprising twist at the end that no one will anticipate.
Jackie Houchin said…
Your book sounds intriguing. I hope there is a happy ending, however, as I'm dealing with dementia in a parent and that is tradegy enough for me. Good luck on this and your next book!
jrlindermuth said…
Memory loss is devastating to families--whether it be from disease or other causes such as that in your story. Best of luck with the book, John.
Anonymous said…
I was honored to be an ARC reader of John's book and think it's a touching and fantastic story. I love his reason for writing this particular book and know many will find it both fascinating and encouraging. Of course, I read everything John writes and love all of his books, but this one is outstanding. He has "the gift".
M.M. Gornell said…
Looking forward to reading, John.
John M. Wills said…
I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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