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Goodreads asked Julia McDermott:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Julia McDermott I wanted to record what happened to Jack so that we would never forget. I had doctor's notes, receipts, diary entries, calendars, and lots of other things saved from the six month period covered in All the Above. It was hard to write the book and put so much of myself into it, to be an "open book" with my emotional struggle, but it was also therapeutic and healing. And I felt that by telling my story, I may be able to touch others.

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