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IR Approved Author Eileen Haas on her Motivation: “The idea that people will actually read this and be helped by it.” 

Along Came A Stroke received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Eileen Haas.

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

The name of the book is Along Came A Stroke, and it will be published October 11, 2022.

What’s the book’s first line?

I was folding laundry.

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

The book follows my journey from waking up in ICU to several years post-stroke. It is honest, but also funny. It is meant to inspire other stroke survivors—actually, anyone who has survived a serious illness—to know that your life is not over. It’s just taken a 180-degree turn.

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

In the rehab hospital, I saw a man with no legs learning to walk with prostheses. I realized then and there that no matter how bad you think you have it, there are always examples of people doing the seemingly impossible. And the book was born.

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

Despite the subject matter, it’s very entertaining and easy to read. And funny. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re really in trouble.

When did you first decide to become an author?

I’ve been writing my whole life. To me, it’s like breathing.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

Yes. But I have written many short stories in the past.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

I don’t have a set regimen. I write as the spirit moves me.

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

The idea that people will actually read this and be helped by it.

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

Oh, there are so many.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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