Local author to discuss latest YA book at library event Nov. 6Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Joel Sensenig, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
Local author Terence O’Leary is conducting an event at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Heatherdowns branch library to discuss his latest young adult book, “Penalty Kick.”
The “Open Book” session, sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will include a book discussion, question-and-answer session and book signing. Copies of the book, which is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major distributors, will also be available for $11.99 (or $5.99 for the Kindle edition).
O’Leary’s third book, “Penalty Kick” is a based-on-real-events story about teen life set in Northwest Ohio. It’s a story about a teenage girl fighting cancer who tries to help a 15-year-old boy overcome devastating loss after a car accident in which his mother died.
Although the book was published in May, the Nov. 6 event will serve as a grand launching of the book, O’Leary said.
The author will discuss creative writing and the changing face of publishing and marketing. O’Leary, who also works part time at the Toledo Museum of Art, regularly speaks to high school students about the creative writing process.
Wanting his writing to accurately reflect the teenage experience, the author sought the help of some Maumee High School students to read an early draft of “Penalty Kick.”
“It really led to major changes in the book itself,” O’Leary said. “I changed the beginning and the end. It really helped me to see [the main characters] through their eyes. I put more of the focus on the teenagers.”
The father of two children and three grandchildren said it was important for the book to address the real-world issues faced by teenagers.
“It really concerns the issues that are so important to teenagers today: driving accidents, teen depression, teen suicide. It’s really tough to be a teenager today,” he said. “What I’m hoping to accomplish with the book is for teenagers to step back and take a breath, realizing that life can be awfully, awfully tough at times. But you can get through it.”
O’Leary’s earlier works are “More Than a Game” and “The Town That Never Stared.”
The Heatherdowns branch library is located at 3265 Glanzman Road.