Wednesday, September 28, 2011



“Do we really mean it when we say ‘in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, until death do us part or do we add a silent clause, ‘unless you shame me or disappoint me?’ What is the cost of unconditional love and how capable are we of giving that?”

Here are some excerpts from The Fugitive’s Doctor:

    I am the keeper of my husband’s history. This is a self-appointed role. I plan to learn everything about his life of the past and carry him into a future that is bright with hope. I shall guard his history from rumor and allegation and learn only the truth of his past. I shall then remember the things he cannot allow himself to remember. I shall find out all that I can about my husband’s life and will ensure that the lawyers know the truth. I shall fight the innuendo and crusade for true justice.
     I refuse to be vanquished.”

“So, this is how it will play out. Today, in the sunshine, on the noisy sidewalk at Logan Airport in Boston, with people and their suitcases bumping into me, and taxi horns blar­ing and strangers going about their routine day, I’m about to learn that I have lost my husband. I will finally know his secrets.”

“The next morning he drove the stranger’s car half way to the Registry of Motor Vehicles before he real­ized he could not apply for a driver’s license. He suddenly realized he had left his name at the prison.”

The bartender recommended a particular wine.
“How much is that?” Sam asked.
“I don’t know; maybe about a hundred dollars,” the bartender answered.
“A hundred dollars! This is my wife not my girl­friend.”

“The man I know takes care of me and makes me laugh. He is kind and loving, affectionate and thoughtful. He isn’t a “bad guy.” Do I judge him by what I learn about him or by the man I know?”

There are lines one has to draw in any relation­ship. While I would not think twice to die for people I loved, I did think twice about being an accomplice.”
      “I am flagrantly nuts. I can say this because I am a doc­tor and I know about these things.”

     “I am exhausted. Preparing to commit suicide cor­rectly is very exhausting.”
     “At some point, one fatigues of pacing and chant­ing and just burns out. At some point, one day becomes the next and the next, without beginning or ending. The vigil has no time, the clock (is it A.M. or P.M.?) has no meaning and the routine is punctuated by sleep time nightmares alternating with day time terrors.
      I cannot tell which is worse.
      Sometimes, I cannot tell which is which.”

      I know that many, if not most, women would have a problem with my acceptance of what happened with Lara.
        The reality is I shall always be grateful to Lara for helping my husband when I could not do so. I couldn’t have chosen a better or kinder surrogate.”

“May I pray with you?” she asked.
She placed her hands over mind and we bowed our heads. She spoke beautiful words about our marriage and asked God to grant the hopeful wishes in my heart.
Silent warm tears streamed down my face.
From her lips to God’s Ears.”

“You leave everything behind when you enter the FCC in the Middle of Nowhere; you leave democracy, free speech, entitlement and freedom.”

“Then, I hugged my grandchildren twice as strongly as usual, loving them both for being present themselves as well as to commemorate those who were not here. Some would never be present again but my Christmas wish was that William would be playing, laughing and singing with them at some future Christmas celebra­tion.”
I define myself by helping others. This is what I do.

Those people who want me to abandon my hus­band are asking me to put myself first and to judge him. The poor man has been judged unfairly by others. Why would I abandon him in his greatest need?”

“I have spent my whole life preparing to be William Wallace’s wife. The choices I make are defined by the person I am.”

I am Mrs. William Victor Wallace. I am married to a federal felon whom I love unconditionally.
I hold my head high, I take pride in my life and I walk this world without regret.
I will be the perfect wife and my husband deserves nothing less.”

One of my other favorite quotations which is referenced in the novel:

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler, “On Grief and Grieving”

ForeWord Clarion Review Excerpt

Part love story, part legal thriller, this debut novel has something to offer many readers. Deirdre Elizabeth Parker, who lives in the same state the novel is set in, writes with concision and clarity; readers will appreciate the polished quality of many of her sentences. She also offers a far-reaching cast of characters that exhibits different reactions to the main conflict, thereby giving the audience a chance to consider a wide array of responses……. the novel may find an eager audience among people looking for an entertaining love story about an unusual situation.  Excerpted from Andi Diehn’s ForeWord Clarion Review

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Anti-James Frey? Interview with the Author

                D and B Workshop Publishing Division Press Release
               “The Fugitive’s Doctor” by Deirdre Elizabeth Parker:   

FLORIDA……It was announced on YouTube by the spokeswoman for the author of the novel, The Fugitive’s Doctor, that Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker may be the anti-James Frey.
            James Frey published a memoir, A Million Little Pieces, that received national media attention, including by Oprah Winfrey. It was later revealed that the book contained fiction. Publishing industry standards dictate that a memoir must be absolutely true.
            Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker’s novel, The Fugitive’s Doctor, was recently released and presented as fiction.
            In a YouTube interview it was disclosed that most of the story is based upon fact.
            In the video, she states:  “I cannot risk publishing a memoir like this because it polarizes people and some of them turn against me for the choices I made. So I have published it as a novel.”
The book tells the story of a doctor who meets her husband on the Internet and who is deceived for 8 years of a very happy marriage about her husband’s status as an escaped felon from federal prison.  Once he is apprehended, she chooses to help him navigate the complex criminal justice system.
In the interview, the spokesperson states:  “It may also make readers begin to wonder how well they know the people they love. It may cause some to worry about the people they are dating and question whether they know enough about their past.”
           The book deals with issues of criminal justice, social justice, the basic tenets of Christianity, unconditional love, forgiveness and ultimate salvation. It is dedicated to women who make painful choices for love and it honors families who visit their loved ones in prison and have knowledge of that “alternative universe.”
            Critical acclaim so far has been favorable:
            WTF Are You Reading? review stated that:  “This book also serves as a testament to the good and evil of the American justice system and the trials and tribulations endured by both the incarcerated and the families that they leave on the "outside". This story will serve as notice to even the most jaded soul that with "unconditional love" there is no price that is too high except that of its loss.”
The Book Garden Review states:  The Fugitive’s Doctor will mesmerize you from the very beginning.”

            Best ‘O Books Reviewer said, “This book is labeled as "literature & fiction", yet it almost fooled me into thinking it was really a true-life memoir.”
Kirkus review called it:  “A compelling tale of the ultimate faithful wife,”

            When asked how much of the book is based upon truth, she responded “Most names and many places and dates were altered. Everything about Doretha and Sam is true.  Everything about their lives is true.  The fiction in the book consists of the chapters that deal with Sam’s childhood because, quite simply, I wasn’t there.”
            “The Fugitive’s Doctor” is available on Amazon and
The interview may be seen on YouTube at:

Sunday, September 18, 2011


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