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Maire Claremont Tells of Lady Wild

First, let me take a big curtsy! Thank you so much Duchesses for having me in your dashing company.

 

LadyWildCoverLady Wild is very dear to my heart as is the cause I’m raising money for. Almost exactly two years ago at this time, I started writing Lady Wild. My mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy, and radiation. Sadly, the cancer entered her bones and I moved in with her to be her full time caretaker. I wrote the majority of Lady Wild spending the evenings with her. We did many things. We watched Dancing With The Stars, we read her very favorite books aloud, Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe Series (my mother was secretly in love with Richard Sharpe I think, devil that he was). We cried, we laughed, and she always supported my dreams. I was blessed. My mother was alive when I sold my first book, and she became the inspiration for the story closest to my heart.

 

Sure, Lady Wild has some dark themes. All my books do, but this story is perhaps my most hopeful and romantic. The one thing my mother taught me was that love and hope are essential. Oh, and a life well lived is a beautiful thing. It’s never too late to start living well. I think my mother was more alive and more at peace in her last months than in her entire life. It was an incredible thing to see. Lady Wild is full of love and hope, something my mother would be very proud of.

 

DesperateRomanticsOn the note of living well which also means having fun, we watched some really fun TV. One of the BBC shows we watched was Desperate Romantics an over the top, incredibly fun romp about the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of rebellious and revolutionary artists in the mid 19th century. Ophelia by John Everett Millais is the most famous painting from the group. The colors are stunning. Seeing it in person is an amazing experience because the colors just burst off the canvas. This painting plays a central role in the story as done the very naughty and genius artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti who famously buried all his literary endeavors in the locks of his wife’s glorious red hair. . . Only to dig her up and snatch them out seven years later for publication. He was quite an odd fellow. A genius, but odd, to say the least. If you love historicals, I really recommend this show. It’s too fun and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of amazing people. My mom and I loved it!

 

And the Brotherhood and my mother began to intertwine. I think

Ophelia by John Everett Millais

Ophelia by John Everett Millais

she would have loved being part of a story that was full of rogues. I needed to tell a story about beautiful things such as the art of the Brotherhood, Ophelia’s dream is to be an artist, and the journey of facing this life without one’s parents. Luckily, our heroine doesn’t have to do it alone. Andrew Colton, Viscount Stark is a fellow who thinks he doesn’t deserve love, but through Ophelia and his mother, he finds that to get love, one must first love one’s self. The whole story is about letting go of fear, embracing life, and surrendering to love. Much like Ophelia’s mother and father, my parents were deeply in love and it was wonderful to add that layer to this novella.

 

Lady Wild is now part of a personal cause. Twelve years ago my father passed away, dying from pancreatic cancer. It was so hard to lose him to such a rapid and painful disease. And then two years ago, my mother joined him after losing the battle with cancer. They were both on Hospice care at the end.

 

katiephoto1 001Death and dying is such a delicate and painful subject. In our society, we focus on cures rather than ends and in many ways, that’s a great thing! We want to find those cures, but for many people a cure will never come. They must face the end. They must face their fears. And they must find the ability to let go. Hospice specializes in helping terminally ill people and their families make this transition. So, with this novella I’m hoping to raise 10,000 dollars to donate to Hospice. If you can pick up Lady Wild, thank you. Every little bit helps to ease another person’s passing, making it one of dignity and love.

18 Responses to “Maire Claremont Tells of Lady Wild”

  • Thank You, Maire, for sharing your stories with us. You have a great talent for these themes, painful as they are, but we love them because we can relate at one point or another and that’s what we look for in great books. But not just that but because we love to feel attached to the characters long after the end. So we thank you Maire. Thank you.

    • Maire Claremont:

      HI Ki pha,

      I think catharsis is so important and for me Lady Wild is that and I’m hoping it is for other readers. Thank you for such a lovely comment.

  • Jennifer McQuiston:

    What a beautiful tribute to your family Maire! I cannot wait to read it. :)

    • Maire Claremont:

      Thank you Jennifer! It’s an honor to get to do something so positive for my parents. I hope you enjoy it.

  • Downloading now, Your Grace. What a lovely sentiment and wonderful cause to support. Can’t wait to read Lady Wild!

  • Sharlene Wegner:

    Hi Maire – You know I will read anything you write! I plan to read Lady Wild this week-end. Thank you for your moving words.

  • Duchess Kathleen Bittner Roth:

    What a lovely post, Maire. I’m looking forward to reading the story as well. I always thought my husband, who was younger than me and very athletic, would outlive me by years. What a painful surprise to say goodbye to him after only one week in a hospice. But the care he got there lives forever in my memory. What wonderful, loving people who cared for him.

    • Maire Claremont:

      Dear Kathleen,

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine. I’m so glad you had the support you needed when you lost your husband so unexpectedly. Thank you for your comments. Big Hugs.

  • Maire Claremont:

    Thank you Duchess Valerie!!!

  • Maire Claremont:

    Sharlene, thanks for stopping by! Its alway wonderful to “see” you. I hope you enjoy Lady Wild this weekend.

  • denise:

    Thank you for sharing you story.

  • Barbara Elness:

    I’ve already picked up my copy, and I’m looking forward to reading Lady Wild. I hope you raise even more than your goal, good luck!

    • Maire Claremont:

      Hurrah Barbara! Thank you for your support and well wishes! I’m hoping Lady Wild will be able to help someone who truly needs it!

  • Leigh LaValle:

    Hospice is such a wonderful organization. Thank you for this, Maire!

    • Maire Claremont:

      It is, Leigh! My family was so blessed to have people who truly cared and were excellent at what they did. Thank you for having me!

  • Madeline Martin:

    It sounds like you had a beautiful relationship with your mother. I’m so glad you could be there for her and that she got to see you sell your first book. I think it’s great that you’re using this to donate to Hospice – what a great of application of art to wonderful purpose.