"All the Rest of Her Days is a poignant and provocative tale that touches our hearts as well as our minds. Jane McCarthy's epic-like, multi-generational saga confronts its characters with difficult choices that challenge their sensibilities in a way that's every bit the equal of such genre stalwarts as Judith Guest and Alice Hoffman. Wonderfully crafted and beautifully written, this is a tale certain to engage and enthrall." Jon Land
I have always been an avid reader preferably accompanied by a cold glass of Pinot Grigio. As a Registered Nurse I learned much about the human response to sadness and joy. Friendships are important to me. I admire loyalty, integrity and a sense of humor which are the framework of who I am. I rarely say “No” to a request especially if it comes from one of my three daughters or from my seven grandchildren. My husband and I have travelled extensively. I began writing in my 60s when a cousin in Ireland relayed her life story about her adopted son. I turned my cousin’s true story into a fictionalized novel, All the Rest of Her Days. The work is rich with detail: Maggie, the main character, is courageous, a survivor and self -reliant.—attributes to which I aspire.
Maggie's strength comes through in each chapter. Her love of family, her acceptance of loss and her acknowledgement of guilt are threaded throughout the novel. People write about what they know and I have infused characteristics which I admire such as self-reliance and being a survivor into Maggie. Subsequently, I have adapted some of Maggie's strengths that came out in the writing such as acceptance and acknowledgement. Currently, I am writing a second novel. In this one, however, the main character is male. I look forward to seeing how he develops. Perhaps I’ll see some of me in him. I’m looking forward to the continuing conversations I have with myself as the story develops.Click here to see my book signing calendar.