MARIANNE WADDILL WIELAND
Have you ever wished you could have a ‘Do Over’? I think most of us have wished that at one time or another. As I was writing this book, I realized I was writing the life I would have chosen for myself if I had been able to do so. The character of Jill is spunky and independent as well as beautiful, even though she doesn’t realize it. I love to cook and would have loved to have had my own restaurant. However, thinking about the hard work, long hours, and time commitment this would take, caused my lazy side to kick in! There was no way I could do this and continue to work at my regular job. Then I thought, I won’t be able to do it, but I could write about it. And so, the book began.
My real world is very different from Jill’s life. I have been a nurse for thirty-four years and have spent more years than that singing and dancing on the stage. I have written, produced, and directed many musicals and plays as well as directed choirs and instruments. My husband, Douglas, and I have taken care of my ninety-five year old mother for the last six years. She is in the end-stage of Alzheimer’s disease, and on hospice now, but can still make us laugh…and cry. We have raised my two sons, Scott and Steven, as well as a host of various animals and birds. My son, Scott, and daughter-in-law, Kirsten, have blessed me with a grandson, Liam.
Although I was born in Beckley, West Virginia, I was raised on the east coast in the tourist town of Williamsburg, Virginia. Twenty-five years ago, I moved to the small town of Bellevue, Michigan where I currently reside. None of the characters in this book are real, but they do consist of bits and pieces of my life and that of my family and friends. I hope you enjoy reading my ‘Do Over’ as much as I enjoyed writing it. See you at ‘Mountain Mama’s!’