I was immediately hooked by the title and great cover design. Picking up the book, I could see it was a quality production, and I flipped it over to read the blurb.
As I read the book, I was approached by Dan himself! I had to do a double take at him as he looked so familiar but I couldn’t remember from where….till I recalled seeing his face was on the cover! (I blame the sugar induced state I was in due to the amount of cake I was eating at the Festival!).
I had a really good chat with Dan and was totally intrigued by his story which ended up being his memoir.
Dan uses his personal life story to talk about rare diseases. He suffered from a very rare condition called Wyburn-Mason syndrome which is a vascular condition and has left him blind in one eye.
The book is an insightful and hilarious memoir. As a result, I invited Dan to be interviewed for the blog.
He has a great story and is also a savvy author in that he has used some brilliant and different ways to produce and market his book.
Dan’s book has also gone on to help raise awareness of rare diseases, and this is what I love about the power of words and books. They can change lives.
Dan, tell us why did you decide to write your memoir at this point in your life? (considering you are quite young!)
Thanks for the compliment!
I never had any intention of being a writer. I’d written plays and sketches while at Uni but music has always been my life and I had never even considered writing a book. Then one night, when I was about 36, I was telling my life story to a few people over dinner.
It all went quiet at the end while the previous fifteen minutes sunk in and, out of the blue, somebody said “you should write a book!”. And that was it; the spark was lit.
I knew I had a story to tell (judging by the reaction of those sat around that table), but I had to consider whether it would be of interest to a wider audience. It didn’t take long for me to realise that it would be.
What was your writing process? Do you have a writing routine?
The first thing I did was to create a timeline. As this was a memoir, I wanted to ensure that I had everything in the correct order, so that meant liaising with my family to fill in some of the blanks. I also got all of my medical records from the various hospitals I had attended to clarify more of the chronology of events, and also to lift some quotes for the book. That was a bit of an eye opener, and it was great reading letters from the 80s that had been physically typed!Continue Reading