Terri Giuliano Long
Terri Giuliano Long is a contributing writer for IndieReader and Her Circle eZine. She’s written marketing pieces for print and online media, edited technical articles, and written news and feature stories for numerous publications, including the Huffington Post. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. In Leah’s Wake is her debut novel.
In Leah’s Wake
The Tylers have a perfect life–beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a former roadie for a rock band.
As Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family-leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.
Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? What happens when love just isn’t enough?
ILW won an Indie Discovery Award (2012) for best literary fiction and is/was a finalist for a Global eBook award for popular fiction
WINNER, Literary Fiction – IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA), 2012
Reviewer-Nominated for Globe eBook Award, 2012
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites – First Place, 12/11
Book Bundlz 2011 Book Club Pick
CTRR Reviewer Recommend Award, 2011
Finding Terri on the web …
I am currently on a blog tour from May 16 – June 11. To see a list of the blogs or to get links to the sites, please visit my tour page at Novel Publicity
Terri’s Latest Project
Nowhere to Run
I’m currently working on a contemporary psychological thriller with a historical twist.
Nowhere to Run takes place in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire. A year after the brutal murder of her six-year-old daughter, Abby Minot, once an award-winning writer, accepts her first assignment—a profile of the philanthropic Chase family, kin of the popular New Hampshire senator and presidential hopeful, Matthias Chase.
In her initial research, Abby glimpses darkness under the Chase family’s shiny veneer. Digging deeper, she uncovers a shocking web of lies and betrayal, dating back to the nineteenth century. Abby finds herself trapped—between an editor obsessed with uncovering the truth and the town and family who will stop at nothing to ensure it stays hidden.
I hope to complete the novel this fall.
Another side of Terri …
Years ago, I wrote a series of feature articles about families with drug and alcohol-addicted teens. The moms talked candidly about their children, their heartbreaking struggles. Those stories stayed with me.
My husband and I have four daughters. When I began writing In Leah’s Wake, they were teens. Most families struggle in some way during their children’s teenage years. We’re no different – though, thank goodness, we experienced nothing remotely like the problems and challenges the Tylers face in the book.
As a parent, I know how it feels to be scared, concerned for your children’s future. That, I think in retrospect, was the primary force that drove me to write this story. I also hated the way parents competed with and judged one another, and I felt, and still feel, strongly that zero tolerance policies, while the drive to enforce them comes from a place of love, are wrong-headed. In the book, Leah is kicked off the soccer team, for a host of reasons, but essentially for drinking. When she’s caught at a party, the high school principal forces the soccer coach to dismiss her from the team. I don’t understand this – why punish a troubled child by alienating him or her from the community, taking away this positive influence?
My work with families, my personal experiences and core beliefs – all these things played on my conscious and subconscious mind, and ultimately emerged as this book.