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"Buzz Kill", the 4th in the Pecan Bayou Series by Teresa Trent
Guest Post from Teresa Trent
What Happens When a Writer is the Parent of a Very Special Person?
by Teresa Trent
All of my books in the Pecan Bayou cozy mystery series feature a character named Danny, an adult with Down Syndrome. Danny is my heroine's cousin and just one of many characters who contribute to solving mysteries, getting caught by the bad guy, and just making life more enjoyable in my tiny Texas town. I have had many interviewers asking about him mostly because it's pretty hard to find a mystery series that features a person with a disability. But wait! If you take a good long look at Sherlock Holmes in light of his recent portrayals could it be that he had Aspergers? Maybe we've seen people with disabilities for longer than we know-don't forget Monk the obsessive compulsive detective. I love that guy.
I featured Danny in my fictional world because I am the parent of an adult with Down Syndrome in the real world. My son Andrew is part of a composite of many of the young people with Down Syndrome I've had the pleasure to get to know over the years. Andrew has also been diagnosed with autism/pdd so his communication skills and functional abilities are not anywhere near Danny's abilities, but he does have his stubbornness and the ability to show love to me even when I'm tired and cranky.
When I first started wanting to be a writer I pursued publishing down traditional paths. One agent stated that if I wasn't willing to make at least 50 appearances a year there was no way they could promote my book. As a parent I was not willing to make that kind of sacrifice so I tabled my writing. I eventually decided to take the plunge and independently publish and with that create my own appearances in the virtual world. Promoting a book is important and part of the whole deal, but like everything else as a parent of a disabled individual I had to find a way to make it fit our lives, not the other way around. Right now, as I am writing this my son is in the next room playing and watching TV and I am right where I want to be. It can be difficult to have a life that can exist along with being a parent/caretaker, but I think it's important for all of us to create a balance of some sort. I was an aspiring writer before I had Andrew and for me to be happy I had to find a way to be one after as well.
In my latest mystery, Buzzkill, Betsy is getting married and of course Danny is along helping decorate, telling a gay wedding planner how much he likes his shiny shirt, and bringing a girlfriend to the wedding. Danny is a part of the family and community and one of my favorite characters. As I start thinking about my next series I know I can't bring along Danny, but don't worry, people with disabilities are everywhere in real life so why shouldn't they be in fiction?
Its great learning more about you Teresa! I'm anxious to read all the books in this series!
More about Teresa Trent: Teresa Trent lives in Texas and loves writing about small town life.
She first got the idea to create Pecan Bayou after visiting the Texas Hill Country to view the millions of springtime flowers alongside the roads and highways. The town of Pecan Bayou does not exist in Texas, but there is a body of water in the state with the name. Pecan Bayou does exist in Teresa’s imagination and heart. Buzzkill is the fourth book in the Pecan Bayou series featuring all of the crazy characters who live in this cozy little town in Texas.
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