My first novel, The Insistence of Memory, evolved over the course of many years. And many rewrites! Originally, the story focused on a new form of reality TV that would “play” memories for others to see. The finished novel veered from that idea, although I love the direction it took.
In The Insistence of Memory, nothing could prepare Joanne for the secrets her husband left behind.
As she stumbles through each day, trying to raise two young daughters alone, Joanne she soon learns that Jeff’s basement tinkering had led to a remarkable invention: a machine that can record memories and play them back in someone else’s mind.
Now, Jeff’s partner-in-crime wants to turn their unfinished project into a money-making scheme, and Joanne’s best friend argues the dangers of dredging up buried memories.
Joanne’s heartache must take a backseat as she struggles to find balance. She’s torn between supporting the future of her husband’s incredible discovery and keeping her own troubled history safely locked in the past.
The story blends science fiction touches with the mystery of a secret past. It gently bends reality to explore the truth of what we remember.
Which memories are real? Which are blurred? What memories would we never want to reveal?