The Missing Year
By Belinda Frisch
Published: November 17th, 2014
Word Count: 72,000
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Thirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives.
When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go.
One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on.
Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila’s silence, Ross investigates Lila’s past and her husband’s death, finding more to Blake’s murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief … or guilt.
About the Author:
*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Amazon Top 100 Medical Thriller,
After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she’d like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.
Guest Post for The Missing Year by Belinda Frisch:
Was there anything that surprised you while writing your book? If so, what was it?
Boy was there ever! The Missing Year, in general, surprised me. I’ve been writing primarily horror for the past few years. Having an idea that wouldn’t let me go, that didn’t fit into my genre, was unexpected. I wondered if I could pull off a story with more heart than gore. I doubted myself a significant portion of the way through the rough draft. I doubted myself through final draft because that’s the kind of person I am, but there were a few who set me straight.
I sat down to write The Missing Year based on the idea of a grieving widower psychiatrist who treats a patient with whom he falls in love. I wrote probably 30,000 words of that story before I decided that wasn’t it at all. There were parts of throwing this doctor and patient together that felt inappropriate, and the chemistry was lacking.
The characters dictated that this was Dr. Ross Reeves’ story, and that he had a whole life outside of the psychiatric center. He also had a sidekick who never factored into my outline. Camille, the spitfire community theater actress, steals the show. For a character that was never intended to be, she became a major player (and—another shock—the first true comic relief I’ve ever written into one of my stories).
A romance turned into a medical mystery, the characters I meant to be together aren’t, and there was a change in physical location. The only thing that didn’t surprise me was that the story did end up being about second chances and moving on.
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