The Living Wills

By: Brendan Sullivan and Rick Kaempfer

November 30, 2011  |  Paperback 336 pgs.



“The Living Wills” is a story about a split-second decision made 30 years ago and the ripple effects it caused. Can the man who made that decision and the people he affected maneuver their way through a world of baristas and Army veterans, bowling teams and exploding port-a-potties, cartoon pirates and young love, to find the strength to heal before it’s too late?

Brendan Sullivan and Rick Kaempfer created “The Living Wills” as an experiment in pure collaborative creativity. Through improvisation, brainstorming mind mapping and other ideation techniques, they created the three interweaving story lines of “The Living Wills” together, before writing the individual chapters alone. Both men wrote, edited, and improved portions of all three story lines. The result is a truly collaborative novel in every sense of the word.


Press & Media

Chicago Tribune video interview with Brendan Sullivan & Rick Kaempfer

WGN Radio (Sports Night), Part One

WGN Radio (Sports Night), Part Two

The Daily Herald article


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