A few weeks ago, Hannah Carmack got in contact with me to review her new novella and interview her for the blog and I instantly got interested in this when she told me what it was about. Take Your Medicine is an Alice retelling with a protagonist that has Vasovagal Syncope, something that I also live with my whole life although with different triggers. For those who don’t know what this is, Vasovagal Syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. It was so nice to see a part of me in a book that I’ve never seen before so I’m glad to bring Hannah here to share a bit about her writing.
Q1: Where did the inspiration to write an Alice retelling with a protagonist who has Vasovagal Syncope came from?
Ironically, it started with her mother. Having the Queen of Hearts as a Cardiothoracic surgeon was a no brainer, but it had to be relevant. Living with a physical disability, I also knew I wanted to write about a character who struggled with illness. The two kind of met in the middle and blended perfectly.