Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

In my latest novel, Grief, Inc., protagonist Holly Matthews learns she has a disease that will shorten her lifespan considerably – in the beginning she is told she has about ten years to live.  After her symptoms begin progressing more rapidly than expected, her diagnosis is shortened to six months.  Most of us have no idea when we are going to die, just that it will happen ‘someday’.  It seems as though people’s approaches to their own mortality vary.  Some want to know as much as possible about the state of their health and will be extremely proactive to learn about any indicators or symptoms.  Sometimes they can even be overzealous and imagine (or Google) issues that aren’t even there.  Others prefer the Ostrich approach which consists of ignoring the doctor for pretty much ever.  When Holly receives her prognosis, her first reaction is almost relief (her life has not been filled with joy) and then regret over the things she hasn’t done.  Although Holly’s friends encourage her to take care of her ‘bucket list’, she doesn’t find this practical or desirable.  After encountering a very unusual grief counselor, Holly’s perspective changes drastically and we join Holly on her journey to bring significance and purpose to what is left of her life.  What would YOU do if you had this information? Bucket list

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