Although Sweet Harmony is a story about Cat Carson and Jeff Greenfield who are both country music stars, I still strive to write characters with everyday issues and problems that readers can relate to. Halfway through writing Sweet Harmony I realized that the personality quirks that Cat had was because she has ADD… attention deficit disorder. I spotted this in Cat because my daughter Cara also has ADD. Daydreaming, losing things, impulsiveness, jumping from one subject to the other and having trouble concentrating is something Cara has to deal with on a daily basis and it isn’t easy for her or the people who love her.
In Sweet Harmony, Jeff knows that Cat has ADD because his sister Sara has it too. Sara and Jeff grew up on a farm and Sara was always in trouble because she would forget to do her chores or leave things undone. People with ADD are often considered thoughtless because they forget to do things and often show up late… but it is just as frustrating to them as it is to those who love them. But knowing and understanding the symptoms makes living with ADD much easier. Like Cat in Sweet Harmony, Cara is open about having ADD and combats the symptoms with a large dose of humor. “Sometimes it feels like my brain had a dozen tabs open all at once,” Cara says with a laugh. She’s done research about ADD and now that she understands how her brain functions she is able to cope with it so much better. “We all have something we have to deal with. ADD happens to be my thing.”
Because Cat reminds me of Cara she is such an endearing character to me. I hope that readers feel the same way about Cat too! Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Sweet Harmony.
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