WSU alumna and author Elizabeth Lonseth is returning to Pullman Saturday for the book signing of her novel, “Cares of this World.”
“I haven’t been there in two years,” she said. “I’m very excited to return. I went to school there. All three of my daughter’s did, my husband did, my brother did. It’s coming home.”
She came to WSU two times previously, in 2009 and 2010, both times for Mom’s Weekend. Those book signings were for the first installment of her series, “Leave it with Him.”
Released in June, “Cares of This World” is the second installment in the author’s Christian contemporary fiction series, the Johansen Family Saga.
Lonseth said she came up with a significant portion of the series’ plot the first night she began writing the outline.
“There’s something in the third book, which I’m starting to write, that came to mind that night,” she said. “Since then, I’ve had other ideas. So I have plans for five books; a five-book series. Some of these ideas were already formulated that night, in that first outline. Some of them weren’t.”
Set in Washington state, the series follows Luke Johansen and Bobbi West as they move forward through their young adult lives through college and take on more responsibilities.
“I just wanted to show in this book what happens to a lot of us when we go to school,” Lonseth said.
She said sometimes people lose focus of what’s really important.
“When you have problems, that’s what gets you through: your faith, your family and your friends,” she said. “Without those, it’s pretty rough. It’s just showing what happens to a lot of people, including myself.”
In addition to the Johansen Family Saga, Lonseth is releasing “A Gradual Disappearance” this summer. The book will center on Alzheimer’s disease and the proceeds from it will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“It’s an introduction for families who are dealing with Altziemers and memory disease,” Lonseth said. “It’s using my experiences with my in-laws, my dad and my mom to gently wake up families to the harsh reality of the disease.”
Lonseth said she wanted the book to be short so that readers could get through it quickly and digest the most important information easily.
Lonseth’s book signing will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in The Bookie.
For more information about the Lonseth and her books go to: www.elizabethlonsethnovels.com.