Emily’s Will Be Done is the first novel by L.P. Suzanne Atkinson and it is being released on Sept. 8.
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L.P. Suzanne Atkinson has written a novel documenting her experiences as the executor of the will of a close friend. The book launches on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Lane’s Privateer Inn.
After Atkinson lost a close friend, she acted as the executor of her will and later she decided to write on her experiences.
“(My friend) was a very interesting, eccentric, intriguing person so her story is interesting but peppered through the story is my journey through executing her will,” says Atkinson.
The genre is called creative non-fiction. Atkinson based the book on her own experiences but changed the names of places and people to protect the privacy of those involved.
“Everything is true, I just tried to protect people’s privacy,” says Atkinson.
Atkinson is a retired social worker and a trainer. This is her first book but she has a fictional novel planned.
She wants her readers to learn from her journey as the executor of her friends will but she also wants to engage them on a personal level.
“I found in my work through the years that people remember things and were most touched by learning something if it came with a story,” says Atkinson.
Her other novel is with the editor now and is double the size of her first book. The book is about a cultural anthropologist.
“I’m hoping for it to be published next spring,” says Atkinson.
Atkinson was born in New Brunswick and after living in Alberta, she and her husband moved to the Annapolis Valley in 1991. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Allison University, Bachelor of Social Work from McGill and her Masters in sociology from Acadia. Atkinson and her husband ran a construction company and an antiques shop for over 25 years. The two moved to Queens County in 1999.
The book launch is being held at Lane’s Privateer Inn on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. The event is free to the public. Atkinson will be doing readings and refreshments will be served.