Author Discusses First Novel at Beach Haven Library Aug. 7

Aug 01, 2018

Leslie Stolfe will read from and sign copies of her book, Super Storm, Super Moon: A Tale from the Sea, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. at the Beach Haven Public Library.

“I’ve always been a crafter and have used many mediums,” said Stolfe. “Creating is fulfilling, and makes me happy. Writing my first novel, Super Storm Super Moon, was a natural extension of that need to create.”

She recalled a lifeguard on her beach for a few years who had a unique appearance, and thought he would make an interesting character for a book.

“But I didn’t start to write the story until after Superstorm Sandy,” said Stolfe. “Naturally, I’d been interested in what had happened on LBI and I’d been searching the internet almost daily for information. After a few months, I’d collected a timeline of events. I decided to create characters and intertwine them with what had occurred on the Island, making it historical fiction, which naturally included a romance. So my lifeguard, Dillan, needed a love interest and of course a dog! Who could resist a lovable black Lab?

“Months and months of research, exploring the internet, newspapers, magazines, videos, TV specials from NOVA and The Weather Channel, personal interviews, and plenty of editing led to this story, which I’ve put my whole heart into.”

Stolfe said the book also underlines “the strength and resilience of the islanders, of how they came together to rebuild the home they loved.”

Of her readers, she said, “Mostly, I hope they will come to realize that a bit of kindness and compassion can make magic happen.”

The author said her family started visiting Beach Haven in 1982. “We haven’t missed a summer yet,” said Stolfe. “Driving over the Causeway feels like coming home. It’s both exciting and comforting, like being hugged by an old friend after a long separation. The salt air soothes my soul.”

For more information, call the library at 609-492-7081. —E.E.

 

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