What’s it like when a Steelers fan lives in Ravens territory?
How did Washingtonians live through the tense weeks of October 2002?
In a new “think spring,” women’s fiction novel, former Pittsburgher turned Montgomery County, Maryland resident Loriann Oberlin has penned a new novel capitalizing on many knowledge bases.
Now living on the Eastern Shore, Oberlin, who has successfully been published with nine non-fiction books to her name, tackles fiction using the pen name Lauren Monroe.
The novel is called Letting Go: The Maryland Shores.
“Across the big bridge, one’s mind relaxes a little and so I set a goal.” In 2013, the author resurrected a novel begun in the ’90s. “I kept some things, changed others, and have created realistic characters living in a particularly tense time in DC/MD history and navigating life’s difficulties in general…and sometimes the Chesapeake!”
Oberlin contributed to national magazines and wrote numerous non-fiction books before moving to Maryland where she obtained a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Lauren Monroe represents a symbolic pen name—Monroeville (outside of Pittsburgh) where she lived and grew as a writer; Lauren because she always liked that name.
Letting Go: The Maryland Shores combines nautical and medical themes, life in and around the Beltway, coupled with a bit of romance and remembrances from the author’s origins in Western Pennsylvania.
She will continue the series with at least two more titles. She’s even created Ravens fans, despite her Pittsburgh allegiance, having fun with the well-known rivalry in the novel.
The lead male character she has created to have grown up in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area, as she’s enjoyed inserting some of Montgomery County into the read.
The novel’s Facebook page educates and entices others to Maryland’s shores. Visithttps://www.facebook.com/lauren.monroe.novels
New Novel Letting Go: The Maryland Shores by Lauren Monroe, $4.99 EBook on iBook, Nook, Kindle Paperback/316 pages, available on bn.com and amazon.com.
“Life takes over. We forget to appreciate just where we live.” ~ Maren
“This is why weekends matter.” ~ Steve
From the novel Letting Go: The Maryland Shores
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