What From the Wreckage Means To Me


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From the Wreckage has been out for a little over a week now and I am completely overwhelmed by your response to my words. If you’ve followed my page or read the book already, then you know that it’s been dedicated to the men and women who died on 9/11 – especially my uncle, Lt. David Halderman, Squad 18 FDNY.

So needless to say, it was a difficult novel to write. As I wrote, my uncle was constantly on my mind – the happy memories, and the sad ones. In creating David Andrews, the main character in From the Wreckage, I gave him the life I wish my uncle could have lived. The love, the laughter, the smiles, the happily ever after – I wish he could have experienced all of that. But life doesn’t always work out that way. It’s not always sunshine and glitter. But as a writer I can create the perfect world, so that’s what I did for my uncle.

But it dawned on me as I was writing – I’m obviously not the only person who’s ever lost a loved one before. After that realization, I felt a new pressure. It was no longer about memorializing my uncle. It morphed into something larger, more meaningful. For me, From the Wreckage, is about the connection we share as humans – the common pain and anguish we feel when we lose someone we love, the common horror and fear we feel when tragedy strikes.

It’s about the collective memory we all share of that fateful day fourteen years ago when all of our lives changed. But, it’s also about falling in love with the simple pleasures in life – the romance of a first date, the angst of your first fight, the pride at landing your first job. From the Wreckage shows us the sweet joys of life and teaches us to enjoy them because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee.

Will you cry? Maybe. Many people have. But I hope you’ll also laugh and smile.

It’s no secret that I absolutely love this novel. To be completely honest, it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. It has the most meaning, the most depth. The most significant of happy endings.

So if you’ve already read From the Wreckage – thank you so much for giving my words a chance. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?

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