The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends—five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.
The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.
Targeted Age Group:
Female Baby Boomers
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I believe writing women’s fiction is unique in that you must connect with your readers both emotionally and intellectually. Also, women are looking for characters they can relate to.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Being a writer requires passion, persistence and patience. You must believe in yourself and your work to be successful.
Judith Marshall is a third generation native Californian, born in St. Helena and raised in the Bay Area. After leaving a successful career in corporate America as a human resources executive, her lifelong dream of writing fiction was realized with the release of Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever, awarded first prize in the Jack London Writing Contest sponsored by the California Writers Club. Shortly after publication, the book attracted the attention of a Hollywood producer. The screen rights have been optioned, and the book is being adapted into a screenplay.
Judith is an active member of the California Writers Club, the Women’s National Book Association and a regular participant in writing classes and workshops. In addition, she writes a bi-monthly newspaper column entitled Fashion Over Fifty.
Judith is currently working on her second novel, Staying Afloat, the story of a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother who morphs into a sex-starved adulteress.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Tired of reading chick lit, I wanted to write a story about mature women who have survived real-life challenges such as divorce, job loss and even maddening menopause.