Guest Blog: How to use your experiences to write a book by @readtosurviveB

Hello, my name is Klaren O’Connor, I live in Italy, I am eighteen years old and at the age of sixteen I was in the hospital.

One night I woke up to get a drink and I felt weird, I kept seeing dark and then yellow, but for a reason I didn’t think much of it and was like: “It’s just the pressure, always happens when I get up in a rush from my bed.” But then I don’t remember anything just my mom calling my name.

I thought that she was waking me up because I had to go to work (I was doing an internship in the district of my town), and thought that she got scared because I didn’t respond to her quickly, but when I woke up I was lying in the floor near the toilet door.

She was calling for my dad in order for him to help her but then I got up and asked her what was wrong with me she said that I passed out and that it was not the usual passing out but I was trembling so hard.

She had no idea what was going out but I immediately knew I had a seizure.

I was scared to have epilepsy.

I went to the doctor the next day, and he gave me some tests to do, I did the tests and week later I received the results and they came out negative for epilepsy, they said that I was dehydrated, and it had given me a seizure.

All this thing happening to me got me the best idea I have ever had in my life.

I was looking at the doctor that did the test on me and I was admiring him so much, I was like: “Wow, he studied 12 years to get here.” and he was handsome too, he inspired me my first book.

After a month of brainstorming I started writing it. There are a lot of people that have a disease but just don’t go get checked because they be like “I have nothing.” that’s what happened to my uncle who died from cancer because it was too late, and that’s the same thing I was almost doing, I was so scared to hear the doctor telling me that I had epilepsy that I didn’t want to go, I didn’t want to know.

I was lucky, but the protagonist of my book won’t be as lucky as me, my book, ‘’The last beat’’ (it’s not available in English but it will be the 20th of may.) tells about this, my protagonist will have a problem and just a person will save her.

Always take care of yourself and it’s better to be checked even if it’s scary.

Thank you for the opportunity that you have given to me, to talk here.

If you want to hear more from me this is my blog:

Here is my Twitter: @readtosurviveB

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