Laurie: My name is Laurie Bellesheim. I was formally known as Laurie Rieger until 5-1/2 years ago when I married a terrific man and happily settled down. We have three wonderful children together and live in Southbury, Connecticut. I fill many roles. I am the parent of two preschoolers and a teenager, sometimes I’m the soccer mom, I’m a housewife and the family coordinator, I am an active boy scout parent and the Troop secretary, I coordinate and arrange mom’s night out at the preschool to help preserve others sanities, but on my ‘off’ times – I am an Author who loves to write! I belong to writers groups as well and most of my free-time is spent dedicated to my passion for the literary world.
DLC: You are one busy person! Tell us about your first book.
Laurie: My novel is titled, Surviving Emily. Surviving Emily is full of heartbreak and loss but ultimately hope. It is a compelling story that explores the meaning of everlasting friendship and the healing power of love.
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.
DLC: Sounds very emotional and moving. What was the major driving force that led you to write your story?
DLC: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book?
DLC: What character would you most likely identify with?
DLC: What advice have you received that’s had the biggest impact on your writing?
DLC: Other than finding time, what was your greatest challenge while writing your book?
DLC: Are you working on a book now and if so tell us a little bit about it?
DLC: Now for some fun questions. If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
DLC: If I were visiting from out of town and you took me to dinner, where would we go and what would you recommend I order?
DLC: Nothing like a good juicy cheeseburger! =) If your book could be a gum flavor what would it be?
DLC: Where can people go to get more information about you and your book?
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/pAbMVN. You can also find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook/Surviving.Emily.com or Twitter: http://twitter.com/LaBellesheim
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