Laurie Bellesheim, a published poet, belongs to several writers, organizations including Writer’s Digest, Authors Den and Goodreads.com. Laurie began writing at a young age, starting with poetry and short stories. In 2008, shortly after becoming a stay-at-home mother to three children, she decided to fulfill a dream of hers, and she began to write her first novel. Laurie was inspired to write Surviving Emily because she lost a close friend to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) when she was a teenager. Not only does the story hold great meaning to her, but Laurie also hopes her novel will help raise awareness about epilepsy and the deadly condition of SUDEP. Before writing Surviving Emily, Laurie 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 Connecticut with her loving husband and three children.
Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author:
* My favorite season is the fall(I like it warm but not too warm!)
* I have a cat and a dog but secretly, I like dogs better :)
* I hate seafood! I don't know why, I've just never liked it. It's a tactile thing.
* I was a single mom for several years before I was married. It taught me to appreciate my own mother much more!
* I named my dog after my favorite vacation spot: Cabo San Lucas :)
Nicholas Sparks, Anita Shreve, Michelle Richmond,..and a few other I can't think of right now.
Where to connect online
Twitter : http://twitter.com/LaBellesheim
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/Surviving.Emily
Website : http://www.survivingemily.com
Tell us about your book
Name : Surviving Emily
Genre : Women's Fiction
Length : 223 pages
Formats Available : Paperback and eBook
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.
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