The Writer’s Reading Corner: Irene Frances Olson #FamilyLife #AmReading #WomensFiction

Welcome Irene Frances Olson to The Writer’s Reading Corner on this frosty (at my house, anyway) Friday!  My favorite small town setting has always been Cicely, Alaska from the TV show Northern Exposure – weird, quirky, and endlessly entertaining.  Irene shares with us a book set in a small town that checks off different boxes for her, but still sounds like a wonderful place to live.  Too bad more small towns aren’t like this one.

Growing Season, Melanie Lageschulte

I love receiving email notifications from discount services such as FreeBooksy and BargainBooksy. I’ve discovered new authors that way – at least new to me. Growing Season checked all the must-read boxes for me:  a protagonist who reinvents herself, multi-generational characters, and a healthy mix of drama and intrigue to carry the reader all the way to the end of the novel.

A contributing reason why I loved this novel is the genuine comradery that exists in a small town, such as the one featured in Book 1 of this series. I’m not at all naïve, I’m aware of a small town’s potential downsides such as everyone knowing each other’s business to the detriment of one’s privacy, but a lot can be said for the communal support that can exist because of the town members’ closeness to each other. Wouldn’t it be great if that type of familiarity could exist in the hustling, bustling towns in which so many of us live?

Growing Season gave me hope that if all of us could become more cognizant of our neighbors’ good times and bad times, perhaps the impersonal nature of the rest of our world would succeed just as well as the supportive, in tune with each other, neighbors of Prosper, Iowa.


My novel, Requiem for the Status Quo:

Family caregivers are oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn, but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.

Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while struggling to squeeze every minute of time she can from him.

Irene’s bio:

Irene Frances Olson writes from passion and experience. She was her father’s caregiver during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Having previously worked in memory care, she was not new to the disease, nor was her family immune. Irene hopes to make a difference in the lives of others by writing novels that encourage and support those who just might need another person in their corner.


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8 thoughts on “The Writer’s Reading Corner: Irene Frances Olson #FamilyLife #AmReading #WomensFiction

  1. Having been a caregiver to an elderly parent for four years, I understand what an emotional roller coaster it can be. It’s nice to see a book that tackles such a complex subject.

    Growing Season sounds good too. I love small town settings in fiction and remember Northern Exposure with fondness. Best wishes to Irene!

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    1. Thanks, Mae. Yes, the topic of my novel is not pleasant but it is one that affects so many people. With more than 44 million cases in the world with 6 million of those in the United States alone, the figures are daunting. I hope the characters in my novel fill your reading space soon! I think you’ll be glad to have met their acquaintance.

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