Dr. Keon McGowan,
the main character in Maybe Tomorrow
Tell us about your family.
I have a daughter, Lily, and she’s so much like her mother it frightens me. You see, her mother Darcia, loved butterflies so much that she left me, and later Lily, to traipse the world in search of rare exotic species. Even at just ten years old, and having never met her mother, Lily has the same fascination with butterflies. Her grandparents, Darcia parents, encourage her obsession. They even allow her to read Darcia’s undergraduate papers and journal articles, feeding her thirst for knowledge and intelligence far beyond her years. I’m proud of my petite papillon (little butterfly).
I’m from a large family, with an Irish heritage. My parents were happily married until six years ago, but are now divorced. I am the oldest of four, and have two sisters and a brother. Kiera, is as frustrating as she is opinionated, and as much as she drives me crazy, I know she has a big heart, and means well by her interfering. She’s a mum to three great kids and tries to mother us all. My brother, Mack, learned a tough lesson early in his life, and supports the kids from under privileged backgrounds, get a head start in life. With a young family of three, he’s a mixture of both seriousness and light-hearted play. And my baby sister, Cara, was a surprise to us all, even my folks, She’s twenty years younger than I am, and the same age as Kiera’s oldest daughter.
Ma heads up the clan, and rules the roost with a swift backhand, even now at 37 I know when to watch my words and when to duck, just in case. But she loves us all dearly. I’m really looking forward to two weeks of annual leave, the first part of which I’ll be spending in Sherwood Forest with all of my family, at our annual family get together.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Both of my ex-wives. Darcia, first, because I’d did something to make her leave, I don’t know what it was, but I’d apologize for it anyway. And when she did come to talk to me about why she left, and about the baby we were going to have, I was in bed with someone else. She hasn’t spoken to me since.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
There have been many, but I’d have to say opening the door ten years ago to find my in-laws standing there with a baby bundled in their arms and an envelope containing both a petition for divorce and a request for permission to have the baby, my baby, adopted. I knew in that moment Darcia was never coming back and she’d left me, quite literally, holding the baby I didn’t know we had.
What would we find under your bed?
Absolutely nothing! I might be a doctor and I might have very little time but I clean my home from top to bottom at least twice a week and that includes whatever is lurking under the beds!
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I’m in the process of buying a share in a family practice in New Zealand. I originally trained to be a GP twelve years ago but I didn’t enjoy it as much I as I did working in the Accident & Emergency department. So I retrained. But after years of struggling to juggle the demand of being the head of A&E with being the father my daughter needs, I just can’t do it anymore. And Lily with always come first.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Erin Cawood
GENRE: Contemporary Women's Fiction
On an unseasonably hot night in late September, Dr. Keon McGowan is called away from a family gathering to a hospital emergency. Amongst his patients that night is a blast from his past he’d rather forget. He’ll certainly never forgive butterfly hunter Darcia Davenport for leaving him alone as a single father while she chased butterflies through the Amazon rainforest.
Coming face to face with the woman who broke his heart after all this time, Keon realises that he has never fully healed from it. But any chance of finding closure is ripped away when Darcy chooses to end treatment and live her final weeks without regret. Can Keon let her go? Or will he fight for the tomorrow they might never have? Maybe Tomorrow is an emotional journey of love caught between fate and destiny.
He stood on the pier, hearing her words all over again. He watched her lips move and didn’t quite understand what she was saying. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. She was sorry, really sorry, but she didn’t want this life. She had never wanted it. She wanted action and adventure, to climb the Himalayas, to shower under waterfalls, and swim in turquoise waters. She wanted to stand amongst the Monarch butterflies in Mexico as they migrated. She was sorry, really sorry, but she couldn’t stay with him. She’d only grow to resent him, their life, and any children they had. (Of course, Lily hadn’t been born by then. The news of their baby had come as a shock to Keon, almost a full nine months later.)
Pain gripped his chest, as fresh as the day she’d left him. He’d drunk himself unconscious a thousand times, prayed for her return, would have given anything to have her say she'd take it back. When the pain turned to rage, he wanted her dead.
But not like this. Never like this. His Darcy, the light of his life, was going to die. Everything he'd ever wanted to say to her, all the anger he'd felt since that day, had just vanished. The thought of losing her crushed him.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Erin Cawood is a commercial women's fiction author, with a taste for dramatic storylines and a passion for strong lead characters she really gets behind, cheering on right to the very end of their story. Her focus? Taking romance into the darker, edgier side of contemporary fiction.
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