Within a week of the accident we began receiving messages from the kids both directly and through other people. We shared one of those stories with our families on the day of the funeral. We saw the peace it gave them. Throughout the funeral we saw them sharing that story with others. The effect the story had upon those people that heard it was immediate. We knew at that moment that we had to write a book. As time went on we also began to realize that the accident happened for a reason. Being able to share our story, helping others with loss and hope was the reason for the accident. It is our way of honoring our children.
What was the hardest part about writing We Never Left you?
We started actively working on the book in August of 2014, fifteen years after the accident. We worked with a ghost writer. In order for her to understand us and the story we had to retell and relive the accident and that time of our life. It was like ripping a bandage off of a wound. The hardest part was reliving that time of our lives and opening up our souls to the ghost writer. She handled the process beautifully but she had to poke and pry into those dark places in order to understand the full impact upon us.
How many hours per day did you work on the book?
We spent two long grueling weekends with the ghost writer being interviewed. After that we would talk with her once or twice a week over Skype. As she finished each chapter we would go through the editing process which would take several hours per chapter. In the 2 months before the book was published at the end of August 2015 we would be working on the book between one and three hours a day finalizing all aspects of the book.
Name your top five favorite books.
My wife and I wrote this book together so I will give you some from each of us.
Beth – the Harry Potter series, The House on Tradd Street by Karen White and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
Rick – The Wheel of Time series, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and the Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
What are you working on now?
We are working on promoting the book. We self-published and are trying many different avenues to increase the awareness of our book. The reviews we have been getting have been amazing. We have been contacted by many people who gotten hope and inspiration from our book. We knew that our story was meant to help people and we can see already the impact it is having.
Title: We Never Left You
Authors: Beth and Rick Olsen
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Inspirational
After unspeakable tragedy, one couple must forge their own path to healing in the bittersweet true story, We Never Left You.
One moment, Beth and Rick Olsen were enjoying an ordinary life filled with all the joys and frustrations of raising their two children, Jessica and Joshua. The next moment, a drunk driver plowed through a red light at eighty miles per hour, hitting their van and changing everything.
The death of both their children launched Beth and Rick down a long and winding path toward simple survival—and eventual healing. As shock gave way to the cruel reality of their loss, they began receiving messages that proved the existence of life after death—a welcome sign that aided them in moving forward.
The Olsens soon attempted traditional healing methods but quickly found that counseling did nothing to help them get a grasp on their monumental loss. They then turned to nontraditional approaches—a decision that led them to Peru. It was there they finally began to undergo the immense physical, mental, and emotional changes that allowed them to understand everything—including the accident—happens for a reason.
Beth and Rick Olsen
Happily married since 1987, Rick and Beth Olsen survived the death of their two children from a drunk driver in 1999. Now, in 2015, they have written their first book about their experiences in an attempt to help other people undergoing the same kind of tragedy. Beth and Rick live in Glenbeulah, Wisconsin with their three children.
Andrea Cagan has been writing, ghost writing, collaborating and editing for over two decades, with more than a dozen books appearing on the best seller lists, including four #1 NY Times and LA Times best sellers. She focuses on topics of social value, and has worked with such celebrities as Magic Johnson, Marianne Williamson, Grace Slick and many more.
Book website www.weneverleftyou.com