In 2010, my dad, Alfred David Williams, was diagnosed with cancer. To say the least, the news devastated my family. My dad had always aspired to be an author and have his name published in a novel one day; however, he was never able to fulfill his lifelong dream. After being diagnosed with cancer, the chemo, radiation treatments, and medications affected his cognitive thinking, so he had to make peace with the fact he would never write his book.
In 2010, one of my dearest friends Crystal Reed and I decided we wanted to receive unique gifts from each other for Christmas. She’d always aspired to learn to play the piano, so I told her I wanted her to learn to play Bella’s Lullaby as my gift. She knew of my father’s cancer and of his lost dream of becoming a published author, so she challenged me to write one single chapter of a story as my gift to her, and I accepted the challenge.