Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?
Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.
Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.
Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.
Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).
Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.
My Writing Inspirations
Being a writer means that you feel the need to write for a number of reasons. I’d like to recount the inspirations to my writing that spur me on to keep self-publishing novels, novellas, and short stories.
I was inspired to write novels as a way of escaping into a different world; to have control of a world in which you can position characters, create conflict, and form resolutions. You have personality traits and motivations, based on a writer’s imagination and understanding of a particular character. In life, there are many things we don’t have control over, but in the creation of a fictional world, you have all the control you could ever want.
I was also inspired to write because of my psychology background, and my love for helping others in times of distress. I like to take a character, present that character with motivations, strengths, flaws, and psychosocial backgrounds to eventually lead them to solve a challenge. Throughout their experiences, characters learn and grow, particularly when experiencing trauma or abuse of some kind. There’s always a happy ending and personal growth.
Dancing in the Rain was inspired by my mother who had experienced hardships and challenges in a small Italian village. Throughout her development, she had developed strength and resilience. The love of her family motivated her to continue in that strength and resilience.
In Dancing in the Rain, my female character, Valeria goes through a number of challenges with her father, her mother, her friend, her love interest, and a strange neighbour’s son. As a result of her traumatic experiences, particularly with her father, she learns to develop a new respect for him in spite of her hatred towards him in the beginning. It’s her way of developing posttraumatic growth, becoming more resilient, more independent, and with a will of her own.
I feel that Dancing in the Rain is a touching and emotional story that captures the Italian way of life, its challenges, its joys, and its resolutions. Knowing that I can weave stories through real experiences to make them richer, makes me feel proud to be a writer who can provide inspiration and entertainment to my readers and the general community.
I do hope that readers will enjoy reading Dancing in the Rain.
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