“Surprisingly, my three bouts with cancer greatly improved my writing,” the author said during a recent interview. “It’
Inspired by her mother introducing her to opera as a youth, she grew up realizing the opera stories are pretty silly. Yet combined with the great theatre, music, performances and acting, the story is “lifted” out of the “silly category” and made very powerful. “I think opera helped me learn to make my characters rise above the limitations of the storyline and become larger than life,” Santalo said.
Santalo’s memoir is for those who have may have lost the simple joy of living and the ambition to live out their dreams. It is to encourage those who have struggled or are struggling with illness. It is to motivate women who are caught up in their wifely duties, which are still expected today, to pursue their dreams. The 2011 reprint of the earlier version, includes an addition in which Santalo proudly informs readers it has been ten years since the surgery which saved her life. At the end of the book she is reunited with her sense of humor, and promises to push on amidst the belief that her age deems she has already lived a full life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lois Santalo is a retired college instructor currently residing in the suburbs of San Diego. She is a cancer survivor who now teaches adult education classes in creative writing and opera. Aside from this book, she has published and will continue the Jill Szekely Mystery series and other creative works. More about the author can be view by visiting her website: http://www.loiswellssantalo.com/
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