The Risk of a Fall is T.W. Vanderneck's first novel. The Risk of a Fall is a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist and received Global eBook Award Honorable Mention. Heart Shaped Scars is T.W. Vanderneck's second novel.
T.W. Vanderneck works in nonprofits, is an artist, and lives in Southwest Florida with her husband. Together they published a children's book, The Tale of the Circus Monkey & the Halloween Horseman.
More can be seen on the author's website at www.twvanderneck.com
About the Risk of a Fall:
- "(You) show the family caretaker's pain and the patient's struggle so well."
-"Just finished reading your book. Loved it!...I work as an Asst. Dir. at a Long Term Care Facility...I work on the memory unit with has many Alzheimer's and dementia patients. I will be sharing the book info with my coworkers."
-"Magnificent! I was 'hooked' on page one and emotionally drained at the end."
-"It should be required reading for social work and nursing students. And it is a good read to boot!"
Review from Midwest Book Review:
Read an interview with T.W. Vanderneck in the Bradenton Herald:
Book Review from SRQ Magazine's The Daily, July 24, 2012 (www.srqmag.com)
Renee Foss, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Vanderneck's debut novel The Risk of a Fall relates a family's tortuous experience of caring for Ireene, a 96-year-old grandmother diagnosed with dementia. Ireene's hip surgery exacerbates her dementia symptoms and her need to depend on her loved ones, resulting in a labyrinthine string of events characterized by failed communication, legal battles, and raw emotion. With this tale, the Bradenton author has recently received the prestige of being listed on Amazon's Hot New Releases List.
Vanderneck was inspired to write The Risk of a Fall after repeatedly coming into contact with individuals struggling in the face of caretaking. "The main reason I wanted to write it was that I noticed over the past couple of years that at every gathering I attended, at least one person has talked about their frustration with taking care of a loved one, whether that be a parent or grandparent. Everyone in Generation X seems to share the same frustration." Considering that 1 in 40 in the state of Florida and 1 in 20 in Sarasota County are affected by dementia, many local readers are likely to find the experiences of Vanderneck's characters personally relevant and evocative.
The novel's rich, thoughtful structure also draws in readers unfamiliar with the burdens dementia induces onto victims and their loved ones. Divided into sections that feature the focalized narration of each character, readers receive a lens to feel empathy for both Ireene, the victim of dementia and younger family members who play the role of caretaker.
This narrative style accounts for the novel's starkly realistic tone. "I've had people joke that they would rather have me write a happier ending or a sequel," Vanderneck explains. "It reflects real life. The story as a whole is not light reading, but is a realistic look into the issues it deals with." The success of Vanderneck's novel attests to its accurate portrayal of the hardships degenerative diseases engender, supporting the rather Gothic description featured on the novel's back cover that "love isn't always enough."
After this heavy undertaking, Vanderneck is currently working on a more lighthearted project, publishing a children's book with her husband. "I got the lighter end of it," she laughs. "My husband has to do the illustrations."