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Author tells seasonal tale in new e-book
Thursday 24 December 2009
Brighton author tells seasonal tale in new e-book
Christmas novel eased battle with chemical sensitivity
December 14, 2009
BRIGHTON -- Author Franny Armstrong hopes to bring some Christmas cheer to her readers with her new novel 'Small Packages'.
"I'm hoping people will have a good, heartwarming Christmas story," Ms. Armstrong said.
"Christmas should be about family and togetherness and love. It's gotten so commercial lately, but this story reminds us that Christmas is really about love and accepting."
The story, about a woman who becomes a recluse after the death of her husband, was an easy one for Ms. Armstrong to write. The author, who suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder (MCS) rarely leaves the house for fear of encountering fragrances and other chemicals, which cause severe reactions.
"Writing has been so healing for me because I have focus and drive now where I never had before," she explained.
"I always say to other people suffering from MCS, 'Don't ever give up, you have to stay positive.' I think I've been sick long enough, it's time to start living now."
In the novel, which was released Dec. 10 as an e-book by Red Rose Publishing, the main character is forced to go on a cruise by her worried children and encounters more adventure than she bargained for.
"E-books are really great because they're much less expensive and they're better for the environment," Ms. Armstrong said. "Plus, they don't take up room or get all dusty."
The article originally appeared here.
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