Early Readers say… “They say most of life’s problems involve sex or money. Spoiler alert—this one isn’t about money. And it isn’t about sex, exactly, unless one counts all those delicious degrees surrounding “the deed.” The omniscient, edgy tone of the Wooded Path gives the reader a sensation of watching trains hurtling down the track toward each other… Cute, clever dialogue, and lots of real life issues pepper the page and make this a must-read for women struggling with middle age itch, the need for meaningful friendship bonds and the illusion that the marital grass is greener outside. The reader is allowed a peek into the different characters’ seemingly perfect lives in the aftermath of the inciting incident that bonds them all together. In the end I was reminded how similar we are all, and that we are all our sister’s keepers, but not their judges.” —Anne Schroeder, author of Cholama Moon and soon Maria Ines
“…a psychological romance. A friend’s mysterious disappearance pushes Laine McClelland into a midlife crisis. The author’s stream of consciousness account of Laine’s quandary about the direction of the rest of her life, particularly her love life, reveals a lot about marriage and relationships in modern suburban neighborhoods. It’s a quick read, but makes you think.” —Janet Greger, author of medical mystery/thrillers – Coming Flu, Ignore the Pain, Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, and now, Malignancy
About the Author… Nancy LiPetri lives on Lake Norman, North Carolina, the setting of The Wooded Path. Originally from landlocked Iowa, she has enjoyed living on both coasts as well as in her husband’s native Chicago, taking her family and copywriting career with her and gathering inspiration for her fiction along the way.
The disappearance of a woman from her lakeside community leads her friends to reevaluate their own lives. One woman finds herself risking it all...and afraid of what really happened to their friend.
Part time split with copywriting, family, fitness and lake life :)
I get in touch with fans and friends over coffee first thing, then get immersed in writing until an alarm tells me it's time to hit the gym or keep an appointment/date...then write again until hubby comes home. My golden retriever and two cats hang around the desk with me.
Have always needed the creative outlet. It's a happy compulsion to put ideas into stories. Readers have said the novel showed them that others had some of the same secret struggles.
Writing the sequel, because one of the characters insists on embarrassing me further ;) Working title is "Across the Lake." The character you least expect to return is back to experience life a whole new way. You'll see she gets more than she bargains for.
Years of collecting amusing, surprising and emotional tidbits inspired me to string them together in a story. It wasn't until I experienced an actual bunco boat ride in the dark on Lake Norman, that I came up with the mystery that would tie it all together. I love writing about the area, the NC lake culture and nature.
Contemporary fiction is the best fit for my work because, although the story includes elements of mystery and romance, it is not purely either one. I write what I enjoy most as a reader, and that's a thought-provoking, sometimes edgy story set in present day with much realism.
I read news articles about past disappearances/accidents/searches on Lake Norman and verified facts about the area. Have had readers remark they appreciate the accuracy and vivid descriptions in the story.
The confidence that comes with getting picked up by a traditional-style publisher is priceless. Also, now that I've heard from many readers, I'm not afraid to write about topics I feared might offend them. All this expands one's creativity!
Going public with edgy material. Like I said, now that I've heard readers say they appreciate the daring material, appreciate discovering they aren't alone in some of their thoughts and struggles, it's easier to write about more of those often-repressed secrets.
Every reader comment is treasured and hugely rewarding. To know that someone understands the messages I've woven into the story, that they identify with a character and get enjoyment out of the writing, well, that's the best.
I would have been clearer about what genre I was promoting. I am published under the romance division, and promote along with several mystery writers, but am best categorized as Contemporary Fiction.
Am proud to say The Wooded Path is published by Oak Tree Press.
My favorite book recently is "Gone Girl." An all-time older favorite is "Memoirs of A Geisha."
Write your passion. If you don't feel passionately about what you're writing, the reader won't feel it either.
Nancy LiPetri grew up in Iowa and has lived on both coasts as well as in between. She now lives on Lake Norman, North Carolina, and enjoys writing about the area, the setting for The Wooded Path.
Explored in her story are a fascination with psychology and the power of the subconscious. Her characters often find themselves struggling with dark thoughts, confusion and temptations. They wrestle with the difference between those thoughts and feelings, how they were taught to behave in polite society vs. what they dare to share and act upon.
Nancy hopes her various characters will reassure readers they are not alone in their secret dilemmas. Readers are bound to recognize a bit of themselves or a friend in the cast of characters.
Above all, Nancy's stories are intended to entertain. She writes a fast pace to keep you flipping pages and looking for more. Enjoy.