We have plenty of those in our basement, but that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. I just finished reading a book by this title that was recently published by Maine author Bobbi LaChance. Bobbi is totally blind and lives in Auburn with her husband Richard.
I first met her years ago when I joined Behind Our Eyes, a group of writers with disabilities scattered across the country. We meet twice a month via phone conference to share ideas and writing exercises and occasionally listen to guest speakers who are writers or editors talk about the writing and publishing industry. We produce an online magazine called Magnets and Ladders which features stories, poems, essays, and articles on writing by disabled authors. You can learn more about this group here. If you’re a disabled writer and would like to join us, please e-mail me at the above address, and I’ll get you started. If you would like to contribute to Magnets and Ladders, the deadline for the fall/winter issue is fast approaching, August 15th. You can read the submission guidelines here.
Bobbi is now the president of our organization. For the past couple of years, she worked tirelessly to promote our first anthology of poems, stories, and essays, published by iUniverse in 2007, and raise funds for our second one which we hope to publish sometime this year. Her first book, Wishes, was published several years ago.
Cobwebs, her second novel, set in Portland, Maine, in 1979, is not about what you find in your basement. It’s a romance. The reason for the title is that the main character, Susan, a freelance writer, is plagued by unpleasant childhood memories and develops mental cobwebs that make her afraid to commit to a long-term relationship. She meets Aaron, a lawyer. They become involved, but because Susan’s mother married an alcoholic who beat her when Susan was a small child, she’s afraid to marry Aaron, although he’s not an alcoholic and is always kind to her.
Susan is pursued by Mike, a counselor at a youth center where she volunteers in order to get information for articles she’s writing about the plight of low income children. She’s somewhat attracted to him but isn’t impressed by his negative attitude and reputation of being a violent womanizer. She soon finds out that her close friend Diana is dying of leukemia. As events unfold, Mike becomes possessive of Susan, and Aaron becomes jealous of Mike. I’m not going to tell you any more. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens.
Cobwebs, recently published by Author House, is available in print and eBook formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, and other online retailers. Bobbi is working on getting it into accessible formats for those of us who have trouble reading print. I’ll let you know as soon as that happens, but it may take some time. Meanwhile, if I’ve piqued your interest enough that you just can’t wait, and you have a scanner, you can always buy a print copy and scan it. In any way, shape, or form, I hope you will enjoy Cobwebs. I guarantee that once you pick it up, it’ll be hard to put down until you finish it.