A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom—instead seems to become a prophetic brand for those who wear it, to forever be suffering. Follow one mother and her daughters as they are bound by blood—but torn apart by abuse, leaving one of these women trapped and alone, to battle to survive in the terrifying darkness of captivity.
Wounded and broken, twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, along with their younger sister, dive blindly—and much too early—into adulthood, running from a not-so-idyllic past; chasing the happiness they believe they will find by being grown-up and starting their own lives.
Deeply evocative, Let Me Go is a coming-of-age story of the struggles of four women trying to survive life—marred by abuse and misplaced blame—and their need to reach peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
L.L: I left my career in human resources to provide at-home care for my bed-bound mother-in-law. After she passed, I didn’t want to go back into the business, and I LOVE books… so I took a job as a proofreader with a small publishing firm. After working on over a dozen books, I found I had talent in content/development editing. I opened my own free-lance business to pursue that talent.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
L.L.: When I found myself trying to re-write entire paragraphs and chapters of other stories I was working on, I decided there was a story in me too… it had to come out.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
L.L.: I write it as it comes with no outline or synopsis. I let the characters do the talking and I just type what they tell me… at home in my office, on the back porch or at night in the garage.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
L.L.: My most recent and only release is my debut novel, Let Me Go.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
L.L.: Parts of the book are inspired by a true story; other fictitious parts are woven in for suspense and/or story-building.
Tricia: What would you like to tell us about your book or your writing that someone wouldn’t discover during a casual review of your blurb or website?
L.L.: Although Let Me Go is New Adult, there is a thread of suspense woven throughout the book that is not typically found in most New Adult novels. It is a small thread, but packs a heavy punch. The reader wants to find out who is in the box? It winds up with a twist and a happy ending. I think maybe my story doesn’t fit just one category—it could slide into many more, including coming-of-age, women’s fiction, family-saga, and suspense.
In addition, there is a very moving story—within the story—about adoption. I have yet to have one person read my book who did not say they were moved to tears by that chapter. And yes, that part of the book is inspired by a true story. That part of the book is not fiction, although I have changed the names to protect the innocent (and not-so-innocent).
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
L.L.: Although my writing style is not even similar, the authors Kathryn Stockett, Diana Gabaldon, and Stephen King have all written books that inspire me because of the emotions they are able to invoke through the pages of their books.
L.L.: The second Let Me Go novel.
About L.L. Akers:
Let Me Go is my debut novel and a story very close to my heart. I am the silly wife of a serious man, and the mother of: one very intelligent and handsome tween, a chubby beagle who looks like a mini-cow, a deranged biting terrier, five very elegant Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards and dozens of obnoxiously loud, but beautiful frogs. After a twelve-year career in the human resource arena, she eventually dipped into the world of writing: beginning with proofreading/beta-reading, and content-editing while contemplating writing her own novel. She has made huge efforts (and progress) at becoming a professional recluse; happy to hang out in her pajamas all day with just her laptop, iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and posse of creatures. Regardless of her recent self-isolation from the world, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries. Let Me Go is her debut novel. New Adult genre/fiction.
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