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Amy Byer Shainman on her IRDA Winning book, “Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew”

Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew was the winner in the Health/Medicine/Nutritioncategory of the 2019 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

Following find an interview with author Amy Byer Shainman.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?  

Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew, December 5, 2018

What’s the book’s first line?

What if I told you that the airline just tested the airplane you are in and they found that it has as high as an 85 percent chance of crashing?

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.  

It’s a story of inheritance and intuition…of what can surface in the body and the spirit when linked by DNA.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

What first inspired me was what didn’t happen with healthcare providers when my sister was diagnosed with two separate primary cancers.  Then, it was my subsequent experience learning I carried a BRCA gene mutation.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Read Resurrection Lily if you love nonfiction and want to be entertained, educated, and empowered; you may just save your life or the life of someone you love. Read Resurrection Lily if you have any type of cancer in your family, a known BRCA gene mutation in your family, or want to have insight into why Angelina Jolie made some of her personal healthcare decisions.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?  

ME: Emma Stone. SISTA: Laura Dern  KRISTIN: Keira Knightley

Is this the first book you’ve written?

YES.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am a patient advocate providing education and support surrounding BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

There is so much misinformation out there in the world about cancer genetics…so if traditional publishing could add the right fuel to my fire by getting my book in more hands, absolutely!

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

Saving lives.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Maya Angelou.

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