From the Author
A hundred years ago, in a previous life, I worked for a major financial firm. The story of Madison's "commute from h#ll" is an actual account of one of my trips to visit a client in Connecticut. The train did die in the middle of the tracks during a freak blizzard, and I had to disembark with my skirt hiked up around my ears. A colleague of mine was on the train which rescued me. He did look like he stepped off the cover of GQ where I looked like something the cat had dragged in (and I called him to task about it), the restaurant did stay open special for us, and we ate oysters. You can't make this stuff up. At least I can laugh about it now.
The woman Karen from the train was a real person as well. I kept her name and her story intact with the thought that someday she may come across this novel, and see she touched a stranger's life with her kindness. And, believe it or not, even though two of my three kids are adults, the Easter morning tradition which Madison described is, in fact, our Easter tradition. It will be very strange this year if Easter doesn't coincide with spring break and my daughter wouldn't be there for the Easter egg hunt. My twenty-three year old son already told me he was spending the night so he could be there on Easter morning.
On a more serious note, the threat from a disgruntled employee and the subsequent issuance of a body guard, are unfortunately a real account as well. I am happy to say, it never got quite as extreme as it did in Madison's case, but it was a frightening incident which did last several months. Corporate security, as well as my local police were involved, but then everything just stopped. I don't know if he moved on, just lost interest, died, and I really didn't care. It was over and that was all that mattered.
Those are the only similarities between Madison and myself, but I thought you might enjoy having a little background as to how I came up with the storyline for Corporate Blues. To think, a "commute from h#ll" prompted an entire novel.
Thank you for reading!