Guest on Tista Ray's website
06/13/2013 Guest on Tista Ray's website
Today I am pleased to have Diann Shaddox , the author of 'A Faded Cottage', with us. She joins us with Quaid Witherspoon.
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When a love letter written by a teenage boy becomes lost after a summer filled with passion, it brings about an incredible love story of two people being reunited after thirty years. What if you were able to relive your life, if only for two weeks, and rediscover you teenage love? Would you?
Quaid Witherspoon is a man turning fifty, a man with success and money, a world acclaimed artist, but a simple feat of holding a paintbrush turns Quaid’s life upside down when fate steps in. Essential Tremors have taken over his body. The calming waters off the coast of South Carolina call Quaid home to a small, faded cottage, one with a leaning front porch and worn paint so similar to him, flawed. And to the same beach where he began painting as a young
boy, the place he met his one true love, and the place he let her go.
Sandy, Quaid’s lost love from the past, learns Quaid’s wondering about her, just as she’s wondering about him. Their love is still alive and when they reconnect, it’s easy to let the years they’d been apart fade away. But, sadly,
fate has another twist.
When is Quaid’s birthday and why was it significant?December 18, 1982 was the day Quaid believed his life had ended. Not from turning fifty years old, age had not stopped his life, but his life of painting great masterpieces had ceased and he had become a lonely bitter
When did Quaid’s tremors begin and how rapidly did they make him disabled?
When he was forty his hands began to shake, but it took about ten years for his ability to paint to diminish to the point critics called his painting childlike.
What town did Quaid move to in South Carolina and why?
Quaid moved to Hathaway Cove, SC, a place his family had vacationed since he was a young boy, a place that had brought his love for painting to life. The small town he had found his one true love and the same town he had let her go.
Why had Quaid never tried to contact Sandy?
Quaid sent Sandy a letter telling of his love for her after their summer together when they were teenagers. When he didn’t receive a letter back, he believed she had moved on with her life without him.
Why didn’t Quaid just hire someone to help him?
Essential Tremor is very embarrassing and having people stare and whisper behind your back making unpleasant comments is degrading. It’s problematic to sit still to have someone shave or trim your hair. Out in public, it’s difficult to sign your name or try and pay someone with cash. It’s very challenging to eat and drink in front of people; so many people with Essential Tremor hide away in their home, alone.
Thanks for joining us today, Diann. Good luck with your stories!
Diann’s website: www.diannshaddox.com
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