At thirty-nine years of age, Will Gailey is an “over the hill” singer-songwriter who leads a rock band that the music business doesn’t consider to have the “now” sound. A trauma has rocked his world, and as a result his memory of events has been severely affected. Will can remember the lyrics and chord changes to his songs, but there are other things that seemingly he’s forgotten. Will has always enjoyed fishing, but even that relaxing activity has become a source of frustration. He’s become angry and disassociated, and has turned from the one thing that could bring him peace and healing. And where that one thing is concerned, that’s where his anger and the blame for his physical and spiritual pain are errantly directed. In his mind, that one thing is the cause for his loss and his suffering.
Months after the trauma, Will continues to suffer crushing headaches. He decides to take matters into his own hands as what is supposed to heal his anguish is only exacerbating it. He’s become weakened, vulnerable, and open to spiritual torment. He’s alone and in need of help, but when people come into his life that can be of assistance he’s apt to reject them. Vivid dreams, visions, and hallucinations occur, and in them are both the help he needs and likewise persecution. Will was a strong man, but now there’s a strong man that’s found a breach and is creating havoc in his life. Will remembers how to defeat the strong man, but it seems that he’s chosen to forget.
Will has changed, but band mates and friends remember how he “used to be.” Can he be the way he used to be again?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have to admit that the inspiration for Remembering Will came out of the blue. My previous works have all been related to the biblical end of days, but as I was driving on snow-covered roads in the record-breaking cold of February 2015, I thought of warm weather and fishing. Then, as a musician myself, I began to think about struggling musicians that would be considered over the hill by music business standards. The two themes of music and fishing merged together in my mind. From that, I thought of a character named Will who is a musician that enjoys fishing. His troubles and torments grew out of that as I drove, and the ideas of trauma and memory loss came from there. I thought about pain and medication and likewise the loss of faith and hope. This poor guy Will, what would happen to him? What would cause his physical pain and spiritual and mental torments? I had to get home and start writing! I have to admit that the story ripped me up as I began to put it together.