E. Ayers is a multi-published author of over twenty books and has spent plenty of time on Amazon’s top 100 authors list. She’s best known for her sweet westerns and her sexier River City novels. She’s a proud member of the Authors of Main Street, which means her books are suitable for the average adult audience.
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Her newest release is Campaign (Brad and Ryn’s Story), a River City novel. Just jump into this series because the glue that ties the books together is the city.
My Five Secrets behind my book Campaign (Brad and Ryn’s Story)
Hi, Beverley, it’s always fun being here on your blog.
In the story, Ryn is mute. The focus of the story is not her disability, but her disability obviously is very much a part of the story. So I’m going to give you some behind the scenes peek at what I do or don’t know.
1) I don’t know sign language. I’ve taken it, as a language, several times. I know the alphabet. I can say a few things. I can understand a few signs, but I don’t really know it. I do know it’s easier to understand what is being said then to remember the darn sign for everything. And those who use it all the time do it so fast that it’s next to impossible to keep up with them.
It’s like charades in shorthand. There really is no past, present, or future unless they say yesterday. It’s like saying ‘I store bread milk.’ If it’s your husband, then you know he’s planning to go tonight after dinner. Or if he does it with a frown you know he’s complaining that he just went yesterday so why is the milk already empty? And if he’s driving and “chatting”, he’ll do it one handed! That’s like half a sign!
There’s also a secondary sign language that is a word-for-word translation and it’s mostly used for teaching in schools, etc. But it’s almost never signed outside of a classroom except on rare occasions when translation is crucial.
2) I’ve had friends, coworkers, and neighbors over the years who have been speech or hearing impaired. I really pulled on that background and my interaction with those people as I wrote the book. We’re all the same on the inside.
Many years ago when a blind friend had her baby, she called and begged me to come over. You don’t have to beg for me to come see a new baby! She really wanted to know if her new daughter was pretty. That was so important to her.
3) I totally understand panic attacks. I have this crazy fear of being trapped in a tunnel, yet I live in Tidewater, Virginia, USA, and this area is full of tunnels going under waterways. My biggest fear is getting trapped in one. Let there be one accident and that tunnel can be stuck for hours. The worst I’ve ever experienced was being about the second car into the tunnel and my hubby was driving. If I ever really get trapped deep in a tunnel, I’m certain they will be taking me out by ambulance. And like everyone else around here. I drive through them all the time with no problems. (It’s not claustrophobia. I can have a MRI with no problem. I’ve been in a stuck elevator for hours - not happy but okay.) Panic attacks make no sense, but they happen. Ryn’s fear of being outside in a thunderstorm is extreme but fueled by a PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Panic attacks are not unusual. Medication and counseling can help the patient.
4) I love, love, love horses! Grew up around them. Love the steeplechase and always wanted to go on a foxhunt! Haven’t been on a horse in over 40 years. But I’ve never actually been ‘thrown’ by a horse. Although I did wind up upside-down under the horse’s belly still clinging for dear life as my horse walked me to a grassy spot where he let me drop and roll out of his way. Then he came over and nudged me with his nose, as if to say what happened? He was a retired racehorse and I adored him. I used his name in the book.
5) I think we all know a Brad. He’s that rock of a guy who doesn’t get ruffled. He knows how to play and he knows how to work. I swear those guys are the toughest ones to write because they don’t have the quirks and they aren’t extreme in anything. But I loved writing him. He was so opposite of Ryn in so many ways. She was totally flawed, and he just bundles her into his arms and makes the world right (eventually).
Brad Shoemaker was blindsided when he discovered that love could be silent, and Kathryn “Ryn” Demary is mute. But when Mayor Bruno Giovanni is forced into early retirement, he chooses Brad to run in his place. Ryn is determined to campaign at Brad’s side, but instead of being an asset, she just might be his biggest liability. Ryn finds herself campaigning not just for Brad to become mayor but also for his love. Politics can get dirty and Ryn’s caught in the middle.
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