I am a native Californian who loves reading, writing, movies, and anything else related to the arts. Writing is something I've thought about all my life, so the completion of my first novel, In Search of Lucy, is truly satisfying. I hold a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors, or simply laughing and being together.
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Thirty-year-old Lucy Lang is lost. She spent most of her young life sacrificing her own needs to care for her half-sister and deal with their alcoholic mother. Now abandoned by both of them, Lucy struggles to find her own purpose in life; a struggle that is laden with wretched memories and regret. With no family, no relationships and an unfulfilling job Lucy becomes depressed, cynical and self-destructive. At times she’d even contemplated suicide as the only way out.
When she is just about to hit rock bottom, Lucy finds out that her sister is ill and needs a kidney transplant. Lucy is found to be the only match, and has no choice but to live. Lucy is now trapped in a lonely existence to save her sister’s life. And, she must battle with her emotions; her bitter resentment for her sister’s heartless departure and her longing to be needed again and take care of the person she once loved most in the world. With the help of new found friends, Benny and Anne, and a possible romance, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and search for the answers she needs to find her own purpose in life.
With simply genuine and endearing characters, In Search of Lucy draws you right into the story and into the characters’ lives. You’ll find yourself truly inspired and rooting for the happy ending that these characters are working so hard to obtain. This contemporary novel about the power of relationships and how they affect our identity will appeal to anyone that has ever experienced love, loss, and friendship.
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I have very few memories of my childhood before fifth grade which is when I had to move and my whole world changed. But, one thing stands out in my mind. In the fourth grade, our elementary school decided to have a school newspaper and I was selected as one of the reporters. I was overjoyed to find out that I was assigned a story and had to interview the guy that was fixing the telephone pole outside the school. I can still picture myself squinted up to the man way up on that pole. I remember thinking how cool I was that I could ask him any questions I wanted and then would get to create an article from that. I wish I would have saved it; I’m sure it was a masterpiece. Unfortunately like I mentioned, I moved the next year and all the excitement about writing was replaced by trying to fit into a new school. The ideas never stopped swirling around in my mind, though. I was always coming up with little scenarios or stories of things that could happen, but almost never wrote them down. Growing up I remember always planning for the future and working towards being responsible and getting a good paying job.
Now that I have actually done all of that, I decided it was time to start letting all my ideas out for others to see. Creativity and art have always been a great lure to me. Creation itself is what I have always longed to pursue, whether it be in writing, art, dance, etc. I believe that when you create something you are sharing a piece of yourself with others.
When I started on In Search of Lucy, the ideas just started pouring out. I wanted to create a story that dealt with family relationships, friendship, love and most importantly, intrapersonal conflicts. Lucy has had a lot of problems in her life that have left her struggling to move forward and build relationships. I think a lot of people have had some kind of conflict or situation that was difficult to overcome. That is what readers will relate to. Unfortunately Lucy’s own perceptions of herself and her life are her real obstacles. In this story, Lucy has some great supporters on her side and readers will have to find out whether they, and Lucy, are strong enough to pull her through and help her find happiness.