Saturday, March 13, 2010
Is This Man a Walk-In?
A segment on the CBS Early Show this morning caught my attention. Before a double brain aneurysm put him into a coma, Tommy McHugh, a handyman from Liverpool, England, never exhibited much interest in art. However, as documented in the Early Show, when McHugh awakened from his week-long coma, he suddenly became a compulsive artist. Now, he paints for up 18 hours a day. His whole life has changed.
The story made me wonder, is McHugh now a walk-in? Is he like Lily, the heroine in my soon-to-be-released book, Night Watch? Lily's life changes and her interests shift when trauma strikes her life. Lily changes her job and her life goals. And she starts having different memories as well. Now nothing was said about McHugh having unusual memories, but they said he is now more emotional than he was in the past.
In my book, following her traumatic event, Lily appears different to her friends. She doesn’t like the things she once liked, and she withdraws from her friends of the past.
Is McHugh a walk-in? Is Lily?
Mary Montague Sikes
Night Watch, coming soon from Oak Tree Books