Video Pitch for Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide, by Carl David

Watch the Video Pitch for BADER FIELD:

Get to know writer Carl David:

1. What is your story about?

This is the story of our 1960’s idyllic family which was suddenly thrust into a world of darkness by the suicide of one of my older brothers and our long painful journey back to daylight.

2. Why should people know this story?

Because it will help others to know that we can survive seemingly insurmountable events when faced with them. It is my larger hope that someone on that edge of desperation may understand the destruction suicide leaves on the survivors left behind and choose to live, not die. We are nor alone, we are loved and there is an abundance of help available today.
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Inspirational and forgiving.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Field of Dreams; an extraordinary father/son story that is shown through spiritual alignment. It assures us that we are not alone, that life is about living, loving and forgiving…..

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I worked on this for decades; it had to be perfect; only one shot to get it right. I needed to get away from intellectualizing and open up emotionally in order for it to be authentic and to be as powerful as I envisioned. The story had be shown, not told, so I did a total rewrite to include dialog which made the characters come to life. It became three dimensional; readers tell me they feel like they are part of my family; others lament they wish they had been.

6. How many stories have you written?

Dozens on varying subjects.  Suicide prevention and survival, Fatherhood, Fine Art, Animal healing, Gun control myths.

My first book was Collecting & Care of Fine Art (Crown, NY 1981) which has been revised and updated and is being published February 2016 with Skyhorse Publishing.

“Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide” (Nightengale Press 2008/2009-2016 POD) is my heart, my most important work.

My most recent book “Waking Dreams; The Subtle Reality” (Motivational Press, July 2015) is a collection of short stories that illustrate the signs and messages we get from The Universe if we are paying attention. I felt it important to share my experiences to let people know that we are not alone; that our loved one who have passed are always with us.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to memorialize my father who was my hero, my mentor, etc so that our children, not yet born, would know the greatness of this larger than life man whose life was cut short after losing a son. He lived but eight years after and succumbed at age fifty-eight.  I also needed to show the world how our family was impacted by suicide, an ugly act that for years has been labeled with judgement and ignored with repugnance. Raising awareness through education had become a passion for me; I was unwittingly elected into this unwanted club of family suicide survivors and armed with the experience, I pay it forward by sharing my darkest days in order to benefit others.

8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, Writing and playing music, Photography, Reading, Fine Art, Animals, Automobiles, Flying, Healing

9. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Be passionate. Persist and stay with it if you have something to say. Don’t be discouraged by the rejections you get, there will be many so understand the why and what and take the reasons as pointers and incorporate those suggestions you deem constructive to improve your work. Some will never see your message; I heard for years, “too personal” and realized they missed the point entirely, it was definitely personal, they just didn’t get it. It wasn’t within their realm so it would’ve been wasted on them anyway. I didn’t quit for I knew there was someone out there who would “get it” and happily work with me to publish.


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Narrated by Becky Shrimpton

By WILDsound Festival

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