Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on women's fiction author E. D. Hackett. E. D. has written incredibly moving books such as The Havoc in my Head and the Block Island Saga series.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
The Havoc in My Head is a pseudo-memoir that I wanted to share with the world. During the summer of 2019, I was struggling with my vision, but I could still live my life as I normally had. One day in October of 2019, I woke up unable to see. I couldn't drive or read, which meant that I couldn't get to work or do my job. I ended up in the ER for my acute vision loss and was diagnosed with a 3 cm tumour growing out of my pituitary gland and against my optic nerves. This novel is my story in a fictionalized manner. The story takes Ashley Martin from her first symptoms to her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The main events and emotions are the same, but the details are different. Throw in a global pandemic, and her whole family is struggling with their lives. This story doesn't just focus on Ashley but also on her children and husband because pituitary tumours affect everyone differently.
2. What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning a book?
I started a journal that followed my entire journey from the day I was diagnosed. It was how I coped with the loss associated with having a tumour. My vision was impaired, I was out of work, out of money, and my children didn't understand why Mommy couldn't read bedtime stories anymore. It was so hard. My vision improved once I had my surgeries, but I was still out of work due to further treatment. When I was all alone, I sat at the computer and wrote day after day. This story fell out of me. I also found a pituitary support group on Facebook, which was my rock during that year. Doctors made me feel like I was going crazy for a long time, but this group got it. I used their stories and experiences as inspiration and motivation to write my novel.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Just do it. Don't be afraid or let the overwhelm paralyze you. You have important stories to tell. Not everyone will like them, but you will touch at least one person's life because of your words, and that is enough.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book? For example, a specific pen or notebook, a particular blend of coffee etc.
My dog is my writing buddy. Without her, I would not be able to finish a story. Every morning she wakes me up between 4:45 and 5 am for breakfast. We trudge downstairs and get started. I need a cup of coffee (or two!) and work until I have to get the kids up for school and get myself to work. It's the only quiet time I have without any distractions, and without Ellie, I know I would sleep until the sun was up, and my stories would never be completed.
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24hours, who would you be?
My favourite character is Katniss Everdeen. If I had read Hunger Games before my daughter was born, I would have named her Kat. Katniss is such an inspiration. She is strong, brave, courageous, and kind. She is a beautiful character, and I strive to be like her in my life. I often think, "What would Katniss do?" when I am faced with tumultuous choices and use her as a reminder to be brave.
You can find E. D. and links to all of her books and socials here.