In the past I have written stories about many different kinds of characters and some are much harder than others. Fisher was just that kind of character. When I conceived Fisher, he had issues, lots of issues, fear, panic attacks, and many others. At first I didn’t quite understand him and then I realized he was telling me that me he’d suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident and the pieces fit together. Fisher had developed a mental illness as a result of the accident. I fell in love with him immediately after that.
Living with mental illness is difficult. It creates challenges for your own life as well as the people around you. Erratic behavior and reactions to every day stimuli that aren’t what other people expect and that can throw their lives and relationships into a tail spin. In my opinion it also takes a special person to love and understand someone like that. To be able to help them without overshadowing or overpowering them. That’s what I tried to do in Fire and Snow. I really hope I succeeded.
There are parts of Fisher’s life that broke my heart and yet it was his big heart that warmed me and touched my own.
Fisher Moreland has been cast out of his family because they can no longer deal with his issues. Fisher is bipolar and living day to day, trying to manage his condition, but he hasn’t always had much control over his life and has self-medicated with whatever he could find.
JD Burnside has been cut off from his family because of a scandal back home. He moved to Carlisle but brought his Southern charm and warmth along with him. When he sees Fisher on a park bench on a winter’s night, he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for a late-night meal.
At first Fisher doesn’t know what to make of JD, but he slowly comes out of his shell. And when Fisher’s job is threatened because of a fire, JD’s support and care is more than Fisher ever thought he could expect. But when people from Fisher’s past turn up in town at the center of a resurgent drug epidemic, Fisher knows they could very well sabotage his budding relationship with JD.
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