(WTNH) - Jane Green has several jobs. In addition to being a wife andmother to six children her job is to write a book a year. And the New York Timesbest selling author, who lives in Connecticut, has been doingjust that for the last dozen years.
But something happened when she started her most recent book.Her friend Heidi was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer andGreen's life became hospitals and chemotherapy treatments. Herstories always come from what's happening in her life.
"A day or so after I realized I needed to write about this sheturned to me coming out of hospital and with a twinkle in her eyeshe said 'I hope you're going to write about this', so I had herblessing," Green said.
She wrote most of "Promises to Keep" while Heidi was sick.Sadly, Heidi passed away in September. Jane's main character in thebook, Callie, was also diagnosed with a terminal disease.
"It's not about her and isn't about her story, it's not aboutour friendship, it's just inspired by friendship and by, I suppose,the lessons I learned," Green said.
Lessons about love, about acts of love that make people happy,about being present in friendships and relationships.
Readers of "Promises to Keep" get a bonus two books in one.There are recipes at the end of every chapter. "I really lovefeeding the people I love," Green said. "That's how I show themthat I love them."
Writing, cooking and now a new purpose: giving back. As JaneGreen goes on tour promoting her new book, she will raise money forbreast cancer research for the charity City ofHope, always with Heidi and other women who are fighting thefight on her mind.
"They are expecting the (cancer) rates to double within 20years," Green said, "and if it hasn't touched you it probably willso it's really important that we get involved."
For information visit Jane Green's website at janegreen.com
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