It took us one year to write the book from start to publishing.
What inspired you to share your story?
At our children’s funeral we saw how the Chicken in the Basket story was giving everyone a sense of peace. Beth knew in that moment that we would have to write a book to share our story. The Chicken in the Basket story was for everyone, not just for us.
Did you find the writing process to be therapeutic?
No. It was like ripping off a bandage that had covered so many feelings that we had to relive. The book was not done for us to heal; it was done to help others heal. The thing that we didn’t expect was that we became closer throughout the process. We told each other things that we had not before because we didn’t want to cause each other more pain during that time after the accident.
What message do you want readers to take away from your book?
There are many different messages in the book. We hope that people will be able to take from the book what they need. Some of the main messages are that there is life after death, your loved ones never leave you and you can find meaning and happiness in your life after great tragedy.
Beth and Rick Olsen, married since 1987, experienced unimaginable loss when their two children were killed by a drunk driver in 1999. We Never Left You is their story of healing, written to help others who have suffered tragedy. The Olsens now live in Glenbeulah, Wisconsin, with their three children.
Andrea Cagan has been writing, ghostwriting, collaborating, and editing for over twenty years. She has had more than twelve books appear on bestseller lists, including four that were number-one New York Times and LA Times bestsellers. Over the years, she has specialized in topics of social value and worked with celebrities such as Magic Johnson, Marianne Williamson, and Grace Slick.
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