Interview Terri Giuliano Long
Topics of conversation:
- How to handle teens in bad relationships
- Communication break down between teens and parents
- Teen in trouble - who is there to help?
- Is child's behavior as a result of bad parenting?
- Good parents vs bad parents
Terri Giuliano Long has written news and feature articles for numerous publications, including Indie Reader, the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. In Leah's Wake is her debut novel.
Terri, the mother of four daughters, says her primary inspiration comes from observing human nature. She also has an abiding interest in existential philosophy. “Watching and listening to people, hearing their stories – this inspires me,” she says.
The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until everything goes wrong.
As Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family—leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.
Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? What happens when love just isn’t enough?