I love this response from Mary that she dropped in the rgz MySpace group forum. Here it is for everyone to enjoy. Has medicine saved your life?
I asked myself both of these questions when my daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We were very fortunate that medicine and technology had advanced far enough that her life was saved, but just fifty years earlier she would have died from it. So it was quite natural to wonder where medicine and technology might be in another fifty years.
And wondering is what drives most authors isn’t it? And then in the course of writing, I wondered more things! Like, will something like the soul which is so faith-based, ever be addressed by science? Or are there some things that will always be unexplainable?
I also wanted to explore "hyper-parenting" because now as we have more and more "miracle" children, I wondered about the pressures that might put on a child.
I like exploring gray areas in my writing--things that have no clear cut answers or present dilemmas--or at least for me they are! I am sure some people view these situations differently and that is what makes books and reading and opinions all so fascinating."