Monday, October 25, 2010

Paralegal Publishes First Novel, A Matter of Pride

Congratulations to Florida paralegal Jane Gill, who has published her first novel, A Matter of Pride (Double Edge Press, 2010).

The description of the novel at the publisher's website reads:

"You can never go home again. . .” Lu Conners wonders why she would want to.

Home to her conjured up memories of a poverty stricken childhood on a dirt-farm in Florida, the death of her mother, an embittered and closed-off
father, and the cutting slights of being called nigger and pickaninny. Was it any wonder that when she won a scholarship for college in the north she never
looked back?

Now with teenagers herself, a successful career, and a business-owner husband, the last thing she wants to do is attend to her newly deceased father’s affairs. Neither is she anxious to deal with her hostile brother or face those figures from her childhood who could feel nothing but betrayal after her long absence.

The journey home unexpectedly becomes more than a facing of bad memories. To her surprise she finds it to be a journey of renewal as secrets are revealed, sacrifices are discovered, and a newfound pride in her family and roots is instilled to be treasured and passed down to the next generation.
Gill, who also obtained her NALA certification when she was 50, told The Saratogian that she used her own experience in probate law to write the story about what happens to a family farm when its owners pass away. She chose African-American characters in part because she wants African-American youngsters to know they are descended from heroes, and not just slaves.

According to the firm's website, Gill is a certified paralegal employed by Muirhead, Gaylor & Steves, L.L.P., in its Sarasota, Florida office. The firm handles wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, estate and gift taxation, and charitable foundations.


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