A published author ravaged by dementia with stories still to be told, a retired detective who can’t turn off his investigative mind, an executive chef with nowhere to cook, a retired nurse who isn’t done caring, the retail executive with nowhere to sell, and a retired delicatessen owner who dreams of teaching his craft.

Bristlecone Pines challenges the way we see and treat our elderly parents. It provokes change by reminding us they have amazing life perspective and can still be productive no matter what their age.
                                                            The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.   Proverbs 16:3

Today we would like to introduce Thomas Bruce, author of The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Thomas Bruce
I am 57 years old and married to my beautiful wife Sue. We have a thirteen year old daughter named Grace and two adult children. I've been in law enforcement for twenty-six years.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Two years ago I started writing The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines because I wanted to get the message out that there has to be a better way to take car of our aging parents.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part time because I work full time in law enforcement.

Is there anyone special in your life that influenced your writing?
My mother who wrote: P.S I Love You and seven other Young Adult novels, all published by Bantamn.

How did you come up with the idea for your current novel, and what inspired you?
My wife and I took care of my mother and her father in the last couple years of their lives. Visiting their assisted living facilities inspired me.

Where there alternate endings you considered?
Yes, a lot of things changed in the plot over two years.

What are the challenges you face while writing?

The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines

Who designed your book cover?
I designed the book cover.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
My favorite part is seeing my book get out into the world. My least favorite part is trying to get an agent.

How long did you write before you got published?
I finished The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines after two years then sent out numerous query letters to agents with no real interest. This year I finally decided to self publish on Amazon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I can hardly wait to retire so I can write more. I am writing True Life Crime novels with a Christian perspective.

Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis
I definitely don't read enough. I like C.S. Lewis, Bruce Cameron, Laura Hillenbrand, and Debra Sue Brice to name a few.

What is one thing you like to do when you aren't writing?
I love to just let my thought flow onto paper or the computer screen. I just wish I could type faster.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
A well read published author with several books out, God willing.

You can find more about Thomas at these sites:

Author Website
Amazon Author Page
Amazon Book Page

Thanks to Thomas for sharing his time for this interview. It's important to get this story out about the quality care of our aging parents.

We will be looking for the next book!

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