Thursday, September 06, 2012
Setting the Scene with Scarlet Wilson plus giveaway
I write the second story in the duo and it takes the point of view of the man, John Carter. Carter and his wife had tried for baby for a number of years. They'd created embryos with his sperm and a donor egg, but after a few attempts, his wife had decided it wasn't for her and she'd left.
Imagine his surprise when he receives a letter from the IVF clinic telling him that his embryos haven't been destroyed as he expected, but instead one has been wrongly implanted in another woman and someone else is carrying his child.
Can you imagine the myriad of emotions someone would go through?
But surely, in this day and age, with all our specialist equipment, things like this don't happen?
Or do they?
Google it. Go on - I dare you. I found so many examples - most of them heartbreaking - about this happening. There's even being real-life books written about it.
I didn't read any of the books I just read the newspaper articles available. It's important when you're writing fiction not to let yourself be influenced by other stories, so I just researched the cold hard facts about these cases.
I even managed to log onto certain websites and see profile information about sperm and egg donors. All in the name of research obviously, as John Carter tracks down his egg donor to see if he can build a case to get his baby back.
Is it possible? Surprisingly yes. Even if a little astonishing.
It's amazing what can happen in this day and age. And it's even more amazing how people react.
If you'd like to be in a with a chance to win a copy of our stories please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog. I'll announce the winner on Monday - as another comment on the blog - and am happy to send the book anywhere in the world!