I recently finished a wonderful book: The Last Letter by Susan Pogorzelski. It's a semi-autobiographical account of Susan's experiences living with Chronic Lyme Disease told from the point of view of 15-year-old Amelia. For anyone who has dealt with or had a loved one deal with a misdiagnosed disease that sucks the life out of you, this book takes a creative approach to letting you know you're not alone. The story will draw you in.
Susan is a consultant, editor, and creative coach at Brown Beagle Books, and an all around great cheerleader for authors and a courageous speaker for Lyme Disease sufferers.
In June, Janet Reid, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary Agency, sponsored one of her 100-word flash fiction contests with this book as the reward (no, I did not win). We had to include five words in our story: last, letter, pogo, ease, lime.
This was the week we had two winners! Go here to read Janet's analyses and the qualities she looks for in determining the winning entries.
This was my entry:
“Gah! Why can’t I remember its name?”
Complaisant, I listen to ma femme courageux.
“Ugh,” she taps a fist to her forehead, “Italian. Begins with the letters p-o.”
I savor the shish ta’ook with tabouli, melding and mingling the aroma. Délicieux.
Ha! She is returned! Ma femme méthodique.
Gone, at long last, la fatigue.
La cuisine Lebanese? Her favori.
I relish her energie.
Ah! Anticipation is merveilleux.
“That’s it!” Delight dances on her lips, “The Pomodoro!”
This Lyme Disease? Long has ma femme laborieux.
“See! I will be a writerly dame!”