10 Oct 2011 | By Dafeenah
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About the Book: SURVIVING EMILY by Laurie Bellesheim
Abigail Hooper and Stephen Sparks had never heard of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy until one fatal morning in November when it crushed their hopes and dreams. Twelve years after the devastating loss of their dearest friend Emily, they find themselves still affected by the trauma. Abigail, married and newly pregnant, helps others through her work for the Department of Children and Families. When a new client with epilepsy unexpectedly forces her to re-examine the past, Abigail realizes she’s the one who needs saving. Stephen has struggled emotionally, physically and spiritually after losing the love of his life, and the long-term effects of his grief have kept him from truly living and finding love again. As the two search for redemption and the power to heal, their paths cross once again. Emily’s presence so long ago still has meaning in their own lives, teaching them the meaning of true friendship and what’s really important. Drawing on her own experience with a close friend with epilepsy who died, author Laurie Bellesheim raises awareness about the disease in this compelling tale told partially through flashbacks. Laurie Bellesheim, a published poet, belongs to several writers’ organizations including Writer’s Digest, Authors Den and Writing.com. Bellesheim was inspired to write Surviving Emily because she lost a close friend to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy when she was 18. Before writing Surviving Emily, her first novel, Bellesheim was a social worker for six years, including working with the Department of Children and Families. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and three children.
About the Author:
Laurie Bellesheim, a published poet, has now turned her love for writing into writing fiction novels. Bellesheim was inspired to write SURVIVING EMILY because she lost a close friend to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)when she was 18. Bellesheim also hopes to help raise awareness about this condition. Before writing Surviving Emily, her first novel, Bellesheim was a social worker for six years, including work with the Department of Children and Families. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.
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10 Oct 2011 | By Dafeenah
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06 Oct 2011 | By Dafeenah
I know I’m a litle late but it’s still Wednesday somewhere in the world right? This week has been a struggle in time management. Too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo next month so this month I’m not doing any writing or at least not much. Just little spurts here and there. I’ve never had a writing routine. Never felt the need to get X amount of words on the page before. For me it was always about getting the story out. If that took 10 words or 1000, then it didn’t matter. So I’m a bit worried about next month. How will I sit down and pump out X number of words a day to meet the goal? Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t have a plan. I barely even have a goal. All I know is I’m going to wing it, see what happens, and be (hopefully) be content with the outcome. If I’m able to get the story out, then I’ll be satisfied and the word count won’t really matter much.
Alex’s post today really resonated with me because I too don’t have those dreams or desires of being a “published” author. I just want to put my story out there in the world and hope that one day it’ll be the bridge between me and my children. If it can do that, then I’d be satisfied even if I never sell a single copy. After I get that out of me, then I don’t know what I’ll write. Poetic prose maybe. Nothing? I don’t know what lies beyond November. I’m just a passenger along for the ride.
05 Oct 2011 | By Dafeenah
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