Thursday, April 12, 2012

Guest Post: Lia Fairchild author of In Search of Lucy

Lia Fairchild, author of the book In Search of Lucy, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Guest Blog from Lia Fairchild, 

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister” - Alice Walker

Having written a story about two sisters, I am often asked if I have a sister and if the story was based on my own experiences. The ironic part is that I have three sisters, yet was never given the chance to live life with any of them. And, though I had three brothers and three sisters, I actually felt very alone growing up. The one brother I lived with ended up in the “got in with the wrong crowd” category, causing him to drift from the family and leave me feeling like an only child. So, maybe some part of my feelings of loss came across subconsciously in this story of two sisters, once so close, but torn apart by life’s circumstances.

In the novel In Search of Lucy, sisters Lucy and Katie have been separated for six years without contact. Growing up, Lucy sacrificed everything to care for Katie and their alcoholic mother until Katie got pregnant and moved away, leaving Lucy struggling to find her own identity. Then Lucy finds out that Katie needs a kidney transplant and she is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister, hoping to let her bitterness go and find happiness in the process.

In developing this relationship, I tried to put myself in Lucy’s head. How would she react in the face of this betrayal by someone she spent most of her life caring for? Given that I’m a mother of two, I knew that Lucy's maternal instincts would take priority and she’d want to do whatever possible to help her sister. That’s a given. But the challenge would be in letting the past go and moving forward. This is the journey Lucy takes readers on. She is finally facing her past, coming to terms with her own life, and learning to let people in that just want to help her.


About the book:

Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful, endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

About the author:

Born and raised in Southern California, Lia Fairchild holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. She is also the author of A Hint of Murder: The Writer, A Hint of Murder: The Doctor, and a short story entitled Special Delivery.

Writing is something Fairchild has thought about all her life, and she found completing In Search of Lucy truly satisfying. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at!/liafairchild.


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds intense!! looks like it would be good.

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