Pre-Order Spotlight & Interview: The Recipient by Dean Mayes

Book Blurb

Casey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant - and a rare second chance to begin again.

Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. ​In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.

Amazon - Pre-Order by May 1, 2016

Author Interview

Q. How did you come up with the idea for The Recipient?

The core idea actually came to me as the result of a nightmare. I had this really vivid nightmare where I was watching someone being attacked on a road in the middle of the night. It was so violent and visceral that I woke from it, literally breathless. I erupted from the nightmare and scrambled for a notepad and madly began writing down as much of it as I could remember. I have been interested in dream interpretation for a while and I initially sought to find some sort of meaning from it, but it soon became clear to me that I had a killer (pardon the pun) idea for a story that was quite different to anything I had attempted before.

Q. How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?

There was actually quite a lot of research required for The Recipient. As a Registered Nurse, I have worked with transplant patients, but these have been patients who have passed beyond the acute stage of the process and have left hospital. Fortunately, I was able to tap into a couple of people locally who work in the organ transplant field - both nurses and doctors - and they were only too happy to help me out with the kinds of enquiries I had. I was able to acquaint myself with the transplant journey for both donor and recipient - the processes required in working up a transplant patient for the recipient of an organ and what is required both clinically and legally for the release of organs from a donor. I talked to a lot of professionals who deal with both sides of the journey and it is quite a monumental one for all concerned. I was humbled by the experience.

Police procedure was another area of research that required a lot of care and attention. I reintroduced the character of Lionel Broadbent from my first novel, "The Hambledown Dream" in order to be a support for my central character of Casey Schillinge and I gave him this back story of having been a respected police officer in the Victorian Police Force. This lead me on an exploration into cold case management and how law enforcement agencies can (or can't) address these. I made a couple of contacts in the Police Force who were, again, really gracious and forthcoming with assistance, advice and general tidbits that proved invaluable in the story writing process.

Q. Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?

A. I realised I had a love of writing from an early age but I guess you could consider me somewhat of a late bloomer as a serious author. For me it was a case of my life getting in the way – school, university, work, family commitments and so forth. And these aren’t bad things of course (laughs) but they certainly gave me little time to devote to writing. Also, I don’t think I was really in the right head space to write until my mid 30s. I had a couple of failed attempts at it before then but for whatever reason, I couldn’t make the stories work. When the idea for (my first novel) The Hambledown Dream germinated, it seemed to be the right fit at the right time.

Q. Do you hear much from readers? If so, what do they say?

A. I do hear from my readers and I have to say it is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have as an author. I love discussing my work, receiving feedback – both good and not so good and talking about the writing journey. Sometimes, a reader will say something or offer a suggestion that actually touches off a whole slew of new ideas which is really great. It's a reciprocal relationship that inspires me to write more. I've made it a little policy of mine to send any reader who reaches out to me a signed bookmark as a keepsake. It's just a small way that I can thank them for taking a chance on my work.

Author Info

Dean Mayes is a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse who is fascinated by the paranormal, so his stories weave an element of magical realism with deep humanism. He grew up near Melbourne, Australia, the setting for his new novel The Recipient, but now lives in Adelaide with his family and dog, whom he loves with great passion along with cooking, Star Wars and a good joke.

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