Good day, book people. Now that we seem to be coming out of the never-ending pandemic, there are quite a few books being released dealing with the horrors of these past two years. The emotional, psychological, and physical toll of the past two years may be felt by many of us for years to come, but we are surviving if not exactly thriving. I’m pleased to welcome today’s guest, Carin Fahr Shulusky, author of Finding Light in a Lost Year. Ms. Shulusky has written about one woman’s struggle with the pandemic and she’ll be discussing that with us today. Please give a warm welcome to Ms. Carin Fahr Shulusky. Thank you, Ms. Shulusky, for joining us today and sharing some insight into your main character. I’ll now turn the blog over to you.
Finding Light in a Lost Year
Getting to know Roni Wright
By Carin Fahr Shulusky
Some of my early reviewers said it was hard to like the main character of Finding Light in a Lost Year, Veronica (Roni) Wright, at least in the beginning. I would agree. It wasn’t my goal to write a book about a perfect person. Those people are seldom interesting. Also, it’s very difficult to create a character arc for a perfect person. I think it’s far more interesting to read about a person with significant flaws who finds a way to make herself better. That is Roni Wright. I hope, however, by the end of the book all my readers will have fallen in love with her.
Roni Wright is a focused career woman. She has the “perfect” husband and the obligatory two children. She loves them all but her childrens’ nanny may know them better than she does, and she certainly is not the perfect wife. Nor is her husband an ideal husband. He too is so focused on his career, that he has ignored the problems in his family. That’s before the pandemic. I often heard from celebrities that the pandemic made them get to know their families because they could no longer travel. I suspect that is true for most people. Our lives were so hectic, racing off to work, the gym, and school we didn’t spend much time getting to know our loved ones in a deep way.
Enter the pandemic. Suddenly these people Roni saw for snippets here and there she was now spending all day with, three meals a day, 24/7. I suspect this was a common experience. I don’t think it worked well for everyone. Certainly not for Roni Wright. Before the pandemic, Roni had seldom cooked a full meal for her family and now was called on to prepare three meals a day for a family shut up together. While her career was in shambles, her husband was trying to work from home, a totally new experience for them all. Most of their previous outlets for entertainment and recreation were gone. No restaurants or movies or museums. Even some parks were closed. But Roni becomes a heroine in the story by using her career resourcefulness to guide her family through the worst pandemic in a hundred years. She learns to cook, she finds safe outlets for recreation, and she reinvents herself. In the process, she gets to know her children. Her marriage nearly falls apart, but she works on restoring that, too.
One thing Roni never counted on becoming was a teacher. She was quite comfortable leaving that job to the school and nanny. Like most parents, Roni had to walk her children through virtual learning during the pandemic. This may be the most difficult experience for most parents. Roni was no different. In the beginning, it was a disaster. But like everything else, Roni finds a creative way to make it work. She did this all while suffering not only the loss of her career but the biggest loss of her life. I suspect readers will cry at her great loss. I cried as I wrote it. But only when we are in the greatest valley, can we see the joy of the mountain top. So, it is with Roni Wright. There is light in a year of so much loss. I hope my readers find it with Roni. ♦
Finding Light in a Lost Year
by Carin Fahr Shulusky
May 16 – June 10, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Roni Wright thought she had everything; huge home, successful husband, kids, and a brilliant career. That is until the worse pandemic in 100 years swept away the shallow façade of her life and she nearly lost it all.
This is the story of how a broken family navigated the most difficult year of their lives and found hope in the middle of so much loss. You will recognize many of the things that nearly broke us all as we struggled with pandemic restrictions and the new normal. But you will cheer as they work their way out of darkness into a better world.
Genre: Family & Relationship, Biographical Fiction
Published by: Fossil Creek Press
Publication Date: May 2022
Number of Pages: 170
ISBN: 9781736241721 (paperback)
ASIN: B09ZRMBSHG (Kindle edition)
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Carin Fahr Shulusky was born and raised in west St. Louis County. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she received a B.J (Bachelor of Journalism). After college, she worked in advertising for GE and Monsanto. She was the first professional woman in her division of each. After 25 years in Marketing, she created her own firm, Marketing Alliance. She was president of Marketing Alliance, from 2002 – 2014. She is a past president of the Business Marketing Association of St. Louis. Carin Fahr is married to Richard Shulusky. They have two grown children and one marvelous granddaughter. Grandma Carin has a lifelong love of cooking, even writing her own cookbook. In 2014 Carin retired to devote full time to writing. Her first book, In the Middle, was inspired by her own battle to care for her beloved mother, Dorothy Fahr. Many of the stories Carrie Young’s mother tells her in In the Middle came from Carin’s mother. Carin is a lifelong member of Pathfinder Church in Ellisville, Missouri, where she volunteers in early childhood.
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