My wife and I have been married for 28 years. We currently have 3 children and live in Wisconsin. We both work from home and are actively involved in our children’s life, in a healthy way.
Tell us about your book.
Our book is about our journey to find healing and understanding after the death of our two children in 1999 by a drunk driver. The book details our thoughts and experiences in the first year after the accident. The book is told in the first person, alternating between myself and my wife. The book has many different messages in it. The book was written not only to help those who have suffered loss, but to provide inspiration to those who have experienced traumatic events.
What inspired you to write We Never Left You?
Within a week of the accident we began receiving messages from the kids both directly and through other people. We shared one of those stories with our families on the day of the funeral. We saw the peace it gave them. Throughout the funeral we saw them sharing that story with others. The effect the story had upon those people that heard it was immediate. We knew at that moment that we had to write a book. As time went on we also began to realize that the accident happened for a reason. Being able to share our story, helping others with loss and hope was the reason for the accident. It is our way of honoring our children.
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
We spent two long grueling weekends with the ghost writer being interviewed. After that we would talk with her once or twice a week over Skype. As she finished each chapter we would go through the editing process which would take several hours per chapter. In the 2 months before the book was published at the end of August 2015 we would be working on the book between one and three hours a day finalizing all aspects of the book.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are working on promoting the book. We self-published and are trying many different avenues to increase the awareness of our book. The reviews we have been getting have been amazing. We have been contacted by many people who gotten hope and inspiration from our book. We knew that our story was meant to help people and we can see already the impact it is having.
Title: We Never Left You
Authors: Beth and Rick Olsen
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Inspirational
After unspeakable tragedy, one couple must forge their own path to healing in the bittersweet true story, We Never Left You.
One moment, Beth and Rick Olsen were enjoying an ordinary life filled with all the joys and frustrations of raising their two children, Jessica and Joshua. The next moment, a drunk driver plowed through a red light at eighty miles per hour, hitting their van and changing everything.
The death of both their children launched Beth and Rick down a long and winding path toward simple survival—and eventual healing. As shock gave way to the cruel reality of their loss, they began receiving messages that proved the existence of life after death—a welcome sign that aided them in moving forward.
The Olsens soon attempted traditional healing methods but quickly found that counseling did nothing to help them get a grasp on their monumental loss. They then turned to nontraditional approaches—a decision that led them to Peru. It was there they finally began to undergo the immense physical, mental, and emotional changes that allowed them to understand everything—including the accident—happens for a reason.
Beth and Rick Olsen
Happily married since 1987, Rick and Beth Olsen survived the death of their two children from a drunk driver in 1999. Now, in 2015, they have written their first book about their experiences in an attempt to help other people undergoing the same kind of tragedy. Beth and Rick live in Glenbeulah, Wisconsin with their three children.
Andrea Cagan has been writing, ghost writing, collaborating and editing for over two decades, with more than a dozen books appearing on the best seller lists, including four #1 NY Times and LA Times best sellers. She focuses on topics of social value, and has worked with such celebrities as Magic Johnson, Marianne Williamson, Grace Slick and many more.
Book website www.weneverleftyou.com