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Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.
Targeted Age Group: 16+
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write mainly contemporary fiction with realistic characters facing realistic and often challenging problems. It’s not all dark and dismal, but it’s not always light, either. A mix of pathos and humor – which is a lot like life – helps to draw readers in and identify with the characters.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing and don’t give up. It can take years to develop your voice and build your confidence. Write, seek input and support, learn from the critiques, rewrite. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Make time for reading, too. Try to step out of your preferred genres to learn what else is going on in the writing world.
Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, Don’t Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s lovely Hudson Valley.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I lost a good friend to cystic fibrosis. The way he lived his life inspired me; despite the “expiration date” his doctors had handed him, he made the most of every day and pursued his passions. When he died, I wanted to do something to honor him, especially when I learned that he’d never made time for romance. He figured that no woman would be interested in becoming involved with a man like him. So I decided to create a character based on him and toss that character into a story with some romantic interests floating about. The situation quickly took on a life of its own.