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A Serious Bump On The Head Turned This Mother Of Two Into A Best-selling Author

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us — that there is always time to start a new dream. This week’s story is about a history professor who experienced a traumatic brain injury that unleashed a hidden talent — writing fiction. Laura pursued her new passion fervently and has become a wildly successful romance author. What a fascinating way to heal! -– Marlo, MarloThomas.com

By Lori Weiss

When Laura Kaye and her family set out for a July 4th holiday, she expected to see fireworks. But she had no idea that their summer vacation would begin with a bang that would change the course of her life.

“We were at our beach house,” Laura recalled, “and the girls were eating lunch. I was unloading the dishwasher and as I stood up, I caught the corner of my head on an open cabinet door. It hurt, but I didn’t think much about it. I just had a headache. So we went off to the amusement park and watched the fireworks that night.”

But over the next couple days, that headache would become crippling. So much so, that the Annapolis, Maryland mother of two ended up in the emergency room. What appeared to be a simple hit on the head was actually a traumatic brain injury.

“There was no physical damage that could be picked up on a scan. But I couldn’t sleep. I lost my appetite. I even began playing guitar for the first time! They could tell from the behavioral changes I began to experience that something serious had happened.”

Laura’s doctor explained that when tissue is injured, the brain re-routes the neural connections around the injury, often activating parts of the brain that weren’t being used.

“He said that he’d seen people who began to like foods they’d never liked before,” Laura explained, “or who went from quiet and shy to outgoing. It’s called Post Concussion Syndrome. So I asked him whether he thought it was strange that I’d written a 450-page book in 11 weeks.”

That’s right. Eleven weeks. All those nights that Laura couldn’t sleep, she’d slip out of bed and into her home office and begin to do something she’d never done before. She wrote a paranormal romance novel.

“While I was recuperating, my husband, Brian, had brought me the Twilight series. I’d never heard of it before, but I loved it. I grew up in a family that believed in the supernatural. It completely rocked my world. And suddenly I felt like I needed to write. I thought, ‘Stephenie Meyer is a mom, just like I am — and she hadn’t thought about writing a book before she did. If she can do it, maybe I can do it too.’”

So, in a twist of fate that proves sometimes truth really can be stranger than fiction, Laura, who was a history professor at the Naval Academy, embarked on an entirely new career. She was so confident of her new skill, that she decided it was time to find an agent. So she sent queries to 60 of them.

“I actually got a lot of requests for it,” she said. “Some people wanted to see a partial manuscript; others wanted to see the entire thing. In the end, they all said no. But that didn’t deter me. The doctor said there are two ways to look at a brain injury — a catastrophe that ruins your life or an opportunity. I had become a writer and at that point, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It filled me up in a way nothing had before. My whole feeling about who I was had changed.”

So Laura did what a writer does. She continued to write. She’d spend her days teaching and taking care of her family and every free moment at her keyboard. She surrounded herself with other writers, by joining the Romance Writers of America. And when she wasn’t revising that original manuscript, she’d write something called fan fiction — on a site where fans craft stories about characters they’ve read about.

When Laura couldn’t concentrate on her own protagonists, she’d write about Bella and Edward, the lead characters in the Twilight series. She wrote 28 chapters that got 3.8 million hits. Laura had built a fan base before she was ever published.

What she couldn’t have known was that the audience she’d acquired would play an important part in what would become a bidding war over her work.

“I was just having fun,” the writer explained, “with a group of like-minded people. I wasn’t trying to build a following. There was really no ulterior motive.”

In the meantime, she kept sending out revisions of her first novel “Forever Freed” and began working on new ones — some based on the paranormal and others that were contemporary romances, with military heroes similar to those who had walked the hallowed halls of her workplace.

And she began to explore other options. Digital publishing was heating up and e-publishers provided her with a whole new audience — one that didn’t require an agent. Within weeks of her first query, Laura landed a deal. And it wouldn’t be long before she received a call that might leave even an established romance writer breathless.

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PS  

From a Youtube search on “writing and head/brain injury”

Also see 

Terry Smith Producer,Writer,Author, and Talking about his Head Injury

 

Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnWtiga1t0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7KnUIdkugA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgPzoDL66P8

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFbGQtYC4Rw

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About craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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12 Responses to A Serious Bump On The Head Turned This Mother Of Two Into A Best-selling Author

  1. craiglock says:

    Hi
    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
    http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/
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    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    PPS

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htm

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  8. craiglock says:

    Thanks for the follow/link/like

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (many thousands already),.. together with hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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