Digging Deeper into A Life By Design
I chose my novel’s title to be A Life By Design for two reasons. The first one has to do with my character, Elena who is keen to study fashion design in Milan. The second reason will be explored in more detail below, and is about finding yourself along your life journey.
In my novel, A Life By Design, Elena initially struggles to have the life she richly desires due to a series of obstacles towards her ambition. Firstly, she encounters her father’s refusal to allow her to travel to Milan. She resolves this by coming up with a plan that works and appeals to her father’s need for dominance and certainty in his daughter’s safety. Then Elena arrives in Milan and finds she’s being terrorised by someone via phone calls and other threatening incidences (I won’t divulge too much here). She also needs to manage and resolve issues with her love interest too. Another conflict occurs with a fellow student who is proving to be too close for comfort.
Given her independent and feisty streak, Elena is able to show resilience, independence, stamina, and problem-solving skills. She makes the right choices for herself, given she seeks a life by design. In other words, a life that is created by her own actions and mental strength. A life that is of her own choosing and not dictated by how others believe she should live her life.
These qualities in Elena reflect how we all need to be in designing our lives; to be free to live a life of meaning and purpose by making the right choices, driven by our own inner desires.
A life truly designed by you.
Book Title: A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo
Category: Adult Fiction, 211 pages
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance, coming of age story set in Milan, Italy
Release date: Aug 24, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M
When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.
It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.
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Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.
Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).
Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.
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