Kimberly Young, author of the book Forever Young, will speak on "Reflections on the Writing Process: Getting Published" and discuss both nonfiction and fiction writing techniques and publishing issues on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Warren Public Library.
Dr. Young is a licensed psychologist, an author and a speaker on Internet addiction. Since 1995, she travels nationally speaking on the impact of the Internet on individuals and families and she has written numerous articles on Internet addiction including three recovery books, Caught in the Net, Tangled in the Web, and Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet addiction. Her latest book, Internet Addiction: A Handbook for Evaluation and Treatment published by Wiley is the first guide for mental health professionals to treat the problem. She is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and has received awards and honors for her research. She has written creatively on and off since she was eight-years-old, mainly working on poems and short stories. While recovering from retina re-attachment eye surgery, she decided to pursue her creative writing more seriously. The Eighth Wonder is her first novel.
Forever Young tells the story of Nicole Benson, a self-made woman. She put herself through school, sacrificing marriage and children for her career. In the summer of 1997, at the age of 35, she finally graduated with a Ph.D. from NYU, but her life is thrust into chaos when her father, the only person she's ever leaned on emotionally, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. After 15 years in New York City, Nicole leaves everything and everyone she knows to teach for a year in Bradford, Pennsylvania to be close to her father in nearby Buffalo. Now, trapped in tiny Bradford, she has never felt more alone in her life ... until she meets Tom Ryan. At 44, Tom represents what Nicole longs to be: settled, secure, and clear about his purpose and direction in life. Emotionally scarred, he and his wife of 23 years survived the death of their daughter to leukemia. Tom and Nicole's story begins as a journey of self-discovery for both of them but turns to bittersweet tragedy when their friendship becomes love. Nicole risks offering what she has never given before, her heart; and Tom has never felt happier or more conflicted when he falls in love for the second time in his life. Their lives become intertwined and changed forever when they both must face the most difficult decision of their lives.
This is a free program and is open to the public. Pre-registration, as a courtesy to the author, is appreciated. Please call the library at 723-4650 to register. Kimberly will have copies of her book available for purchase.