I’m talking about doing research, so that I know what I’m saying when I write a book like Sweet Salt Air. Okay. This being fiction, technically I can do what I want. But I pride myself on writing books that are realistic, and in cases where serious things are involved (like cord blood and stem cells and MS), I owe it to my readers to get it right.
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Most of my books are inspired by things I read about in the newspaper. The inspiration for Sweet Salt Air was much more personal. I have three sons, all of whom have recently had children, and when each of those babies was born, its umbilical cord blood was harvested, frozen, and stored. The premise is that cutting edge medicine is starting to use the stem cells harvested from such blood, and the closer those stem cells match to the DNA of the recipient, the better.
June 18. What seemed like a long way off a year ago is coming fast. You all have been so patient. I thank you for that.
I just reread Sweet Salt Air. I mean, wow, I’ve been distracted from it. I’ve probably read twenty books since I finished writing it, and now I’m working on my next book, so my psychic energy has been focused on that. No, no title for the new one yet. I don’t even want to talk much about its subject, because Sweet Salt Air is the one that’s going to take center stage now.