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Hear the Sunshine Paperback – November 7, 2011
From the Author
My writing day starts anywhere between 6 and 10 AM and lasts until I've said all I need for the day. I don't outline a story on paper because I don't want to ruin the finish for me. The few plots I've laid out ahead of time have never made it to print. I get bored because I know how the story is going to end ahead of time.
I make notes as I go and "fly by the seat of my pants" from there. I have a basic mental idea of what I'm going to do but nothing is written in stone. My first book was an expansion of a short story I wrote many moons ago. (That short story is in my free book at Smashwords "Strange Short Tales" and titled "Diary of a Grave Mistake." There's a stark contrast in how the short ends compared to the book.. but it's a good stand alone short story that will not ruin the ending of "The Beginning. (Whispering Pines Book One.)"
My second book in the Whispering Pines series (The Revenge) was a pure spin off of the first.. but while writing Revenge, I started a sub plot that kept growing until it was distracting from the main plot. I ripped it out and that became my third book, "Rebel Gold." While writing Rebel Gold, another sub plot grew too large and that became my fourth book, "Cotton Tears." (etc etc on down to book six, "The Garden Patch" which started me down the yellow brick road to book seven that is under construction, tentatively titled "Permuda Grass." (An intentional misspelling of Bermuda grass, but it's how southern children pronounce it.)
As for my forte.. I've never been comfortable writing mystery/fiction.. or horror.. or humor.. although all three genres I've used in print with good success. If readers are looking for something under "Wells Brand" then it would be plain, rated PG, fun to read books and stories and a rather wide berth for genre. (Too wide but I can't force myself to narrow it further )
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The degeneration of Well's hearing began in early childhood, but his parents did not immediately recognize his impairment. Wells write with humor at times to blunt the sharp edges he experienced as he describes the emotional scars. He was one of the first people in the United States to receive a cochlear implant to electronically assist his hearing, and today he writes of his experience to inform the general population who take hearing for granted.
The book strikes a personal note with me. We know a young boy 12 years old, a family member, who last year received the cochlear implant. He has been deaf since birth, and this was the first time this child heard human voice. Words fail to describe the unmitigated joy on his face when he heard music for the first time, and now he remains attached to his IPod until forced to put it down. I fully appreciate Wells' title Hear the Sunshine; I have witnessed firsthand the liberation one has from the darkness and detachment of human interaction.
I wish to make a suggestion. I believe this book should be a must read for caregivers and educators of our youth. Wells description of his symptoms, and his subsequent mistreatment could perhaps have been avoided had people been sensitive to him and conscious of his needs. How many children in the class room are labeled and judged and academically inferior when in fact the reason could simply be an undetected disability which could be addressed with success. Wells has done us all a service by being willing to share his experiences and to appeal to us to leave ourselves behind and seek to understand more fully those individuals we engage with each day.
This book is a superior achievement, the product of a life that has met the challenges and not yielded to defeat. It is a well written, passionate, and an intelligent account.