Shelley and David are a couple of almost-empty-nesters whose children are just about all off to college. Preparing to embark on the next stage of their life, they’ve just ordered white furniture and are planning the vacation they’ve waited their entire lives to take.
Everything changes when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up on their doorstep and announces that she’s the daughter he never knew he had! Their life is catapulted in a completely different direction, abounding with dilemmas: Not only do they have an additional child, but also a baby in a household that had been just about to become serene. How much should they help her? And how could they not?
Shelley feels like she no longer fits in anywhere and to top it off, having two seventeen-year-old girls suddenly plunged into being sisters and school mates is not exactly warm and fuzzy. When Alexandra’s behavior starts to become erratic, the couple is faced with even tougher decisions to make.
Hold on for an emotional yet witty ride as you join this family of characters in a story of love, loyalty, heartbreak, and humor that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author, speaker, and small business consultant since 1995. Her nonfiction book, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” was published in 2005 and continues to be one of the most highly recommended books in its genre. Her novel, “Momnesia,”was published in 2012 and has been awarded as a finalist in both the National Indie Excellence Book Awards and The USA Best Book Awards.
Just a few of her media appearances have included The Lifetime Women’s Network,My Carolina Today Show, Boston Globe Forums Live, and a multitude of others. Her seminars have taken place at public and private venues for many years, just a few of which include North Carolina State University and Nassau Community College.
Lori is a happily married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. Originally a native New Yorker, she now divides her time between Raleigh, NC, and Lake Gaston, VA, where she is hard at work on her next novel.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It will make you feel.
Who or what inspired your last book?
“Unexpecting” was inspired by my children becoming teenagers and my worry that my “worst nightmare” could come true: That I will somehow end up raising another baby that I didn’t “sign up for.”
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
My characters are often inspired by people I know, both intimately and in passing. Close friends, the lady from the post office, and the dog of a guy I dated twenty years ago have all found their places now and then.
About how long does it take to write a book?
Approximately one year, or a little more.
How do you go about revising/editing?
I use a multi-layer process. During the writing, I hardly edit at all. So when I’ve completed the manuscript, I begin with a simple run-through with Word. Next, I read the entire manuscript cover to cover and edit along the way. Then I print the whole thing and highlight each character with their own color of highlighter pen and make sure their personalities, speech patterns, and behaviors are consistent. After I’ve made any changes, I do a cover to cover run-through again. Lastly, I send it to my editor.
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How do you react to a bad review?
It depends. If the reviewer is expressing a genuine dislike based upon personal preferences, it hurts, but I’m okay with everyone having their own opinion. On occasion, (thankfully rarely!), I’ve had an irrational negative review to which I may post a response, such as a reviewer complaining that my nonfiction, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs” doesn’t teach how to litterbox train a dog. (It is clearly about teaching them to make outside and the description makes this clear.) In that case, I posted a respectful reply asserting that.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Without question, it is the letters from readers telling me that I’ve positively affected their lives. Particularly with “Momnesia,” I’ve received dozens of letters from moms telling me that it makes them feel understood, and validated about trying to work in time for themselves as well as their families.
What is your favorite Quote?
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” ~Rush, the band.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
When I got married for the second time, I asked a friend who has been married for many years what her one piece of advice was, and she wisely said: “Just make sure you don’t allow yourselves to both fall out of love at the same time, and you’ll always make it through.”
Favorite places to travel?
I really enjoy Europe, and particularly Portugal. The historic architecture, the more balanced lifestyle, and the focus on quality meals eaten later in the day all just feel “right” to me.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Because of my strong personality, people often assume that I never need help or feel insecure, but just like everyone else, there are times I feel overwhelmed or unsure about things.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
It is my dream to actually not live in one place. I’d like to have a “home base” on Lake Gaston in NC/VA, but go and live for a few months at a time in many different places. Some of the most prominent on my wish list include: Brazil, Portugal, Manhattan, Italy, and Asheville, NC.
If you were sick/stuck in bed, what comfort food would you want and what author would you want to read?
I would want to have coffee, chicken noodle soup, and chocolate ice cream. My big pile of books would include my four favorite authors: Jane Porter, Harlan Coben, Elizabeth Berg, and Linwood Barclay.
Most embarrassing moment?
When I was heading to my third date with my (now) husband, I arrived early where we were meeting for lunch so I decided to run a quick errand at a nearby store. On my way out of the store, I tripped—for no reason!—and people came running up and stopping in cars to ask if I was okay. When I arrived at the restaurant, I had skinned knees and palms… and a very red face!
Hot!Black or White?
Black; white makes me look pasty.
Total night owl!Print or Ebook?
Both. I love my iPad, but it’s a little scary to bring it in the tub, one of my favorite places to read.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
This is a question? LOL. Chocolate!
Regular or Diet?
Regular; artificial sweeteners bother my stomach.
Coke or Pepsi?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Pasta. Except when I’m in New York City. Then pizza.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, hands down!
Sweet or Salty?
Summer or Winter?
City or Country?
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
PC or Mac?
I am a total Mac geek!
Beach or Pool?
Can I pick “lake?”
Shoes or Sandals?
Sandals with heels.
Cats or Dog?
Cause or Effect?
Heads or Tails?
Tails are so nice and wiggly!
Truth or Dare?
Text or Talk?
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