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The day has finally arrived… The Reluctant Author has been published!

This novel is a fictionalized memoir that tells the story of a woman who, despite her best efforts, just doesn’t fit in to the world around her.

At fifty-seven years of age, Laurine Schaffer decides it’s time for her to follow her childhood dream of writing the story of her German Lutheran ancestors who fled Russia and immigrated to Canada in 1892. Growing up in an impoverished dysfunctional home environment, she realized in her adolescence that she must be pragmatic and pursue a profession that would have the potential of a sustainable career path. At seventeen, Laurine chooses to enrol in a traditional Registered Nurse training program that is affordable and provides room and board. During three years of living in a residence with other young women, she realizes her perceptions of life and people are dramatically different from many of her classmates. Although Laurine forges a successful vocation as a college professor, with the passage of time, she acknowledges that she is not being true to herself, or to her lifelong aspiration. Following an epiphany in an abandoned family cemetery on the original ancestral homestead, Laurine begins to write as a catalyst for a personal healing journey even as she fervently proclaims her reluctance to become an author.

I haven’t decided if The Reluctant Author is a prequel or a sequel to the Understanding Ursula trilogy… Perhaps you can be the judge of that!

Unlike my other novels, the book will only be sold directly from FriesenPress. I will have a “click-to-buy” link on my website, so you won’t have any trouble finding it! It will be available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats.You can also visit my Facebook page for a chance to win a signed copy!

I hope you enjoy it – it is quite literally my most honest work to date.

As the holiday season is almost upon us, I will also take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a productive New Year! May 2021 bring you health, happiness, and laughter.


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