As the readers of this blog know, a relationship with an ADHD partner is often frustrating, rarely boring, and–if you can maintain the right attitude–funny. So my ADHD partner and I figured, Why not turn these experiences into a novel? So we did. Titled Prey for Zion and written under the pen name E.D. MacDavey, it’s a thriller/mystery/ comedy set in Zion National Park. Considering the central characters are a couple of retired folks in a trailer (which we own), we needed the ADHD spin to rev up the thrilling parts, but the comedy was natural. And the plot is timely: The antagonist is a powerful Mormon businessman running for political office. Polygamy, drones, provocative Morman tales, and a true historical mystery. You’ll find it here on Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Introductory price: 99 cents, free if you’re a member of Amazon Prime.
Why do we think Prey for Zion is worth a chunk of your weekend and the price of a McDonald’s hamburger? Well, I’m a former journalist, I’ve won a lot of awards for my nonfiction work, and I have another, traditionally published novel under my belt, so the writing is pretty good. My partner, aka Max, is an editor and photographer. He did most of the research and generated the basic concept, and in true ADHD style, unearthed massive amounts of detailed information and generated so many ideas it was like popcorn firing in a pan. But really, how many books do you know feature an ADHD/non-ADHD couple as accidental sleuths?
ADHD husband wanders off where he’s not supposed to and … well, I can’t reveal that without spoiling the book.
Non-ADHD wife goes with ADHD husband and finds herself in situations (can’t say what) she never would have gotten into on her own.
ADHD husband breaks all the national park rules, which causes … hmm, can’t tell you that either.
Non-ADHD wife gets fed up with ADHD husband’s antics (of course) but as the more socially conventional partner, has befriended an array of characters who just might hold the key to the mystery.
ADHD husband pursues risk, strides off without telling his wife where he’s going (sigh), forgets his cell phone (sound familiar?), and … darn, can’t tell you the rest but this is where the thrills come in.
We’ve gotten four five-star reviews on Amazon so far. (“A witty, adventure-packed, and timely tale!” “Great story, interesting characters!”) If you read the book, I hope you’ll write a review there and/or submit a comment on this blog. The link to the book is here. And if you’d like to read more about our experience writing together, check out the E.D. MacDavey author blog.