CL author to sign books

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An author and former Crystal Lake resident will be signing copies of her book this weekend.

Lisa Mottola-Hudon, a 1984 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School, is the author of "Watch Your Step at the Wishing Well." In the 266-page novel, protagonist Nichole Bocelli "shares with you her unexpected deliverance from suburban psychosis into sweet Buffetesque dream," according to the book jacket.

Mottola-Hudon will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 21, at Borders, 2216 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.

The book, published in 2008, is a fan selection on Jimmy Buffett's Book Club website, www.margaritaville.com/bchome. It is available at bookstores and online.

Mottola-Hudon's book employs some details that likely will resonate with local readers. For example, Bocelli is from a fictional Illinois town called Oakwood Shores. She said she drew on her experiences growing up in Crystal Lake, but emphasized that the novel is purely a work of fiction. And Parrotheads will find familiar lyrics throughout the book.

Now living in Tacoma, Wash., she said publishing the novel was a challenge.

"It was a long process. Life got in the way," Mottola-Hudon said, noting that she has three children.


 

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