Author: Maria Luhrs-Ruban
Giovanno “Johnny” Baccaro survived a horrible hit and run almost two years ago, and managed to get through his depression and live his life. His large, close-knit family gives him the strength and determination to tackle whatever is in his path. Johnny is a well-rounded individual with a successful career. He possesses a love of lollipops, has an obsession with his Camaro and adores his dog, Charlie. His one major flaw is his heavy smoking habit. When he meets Annie McNeal, romance enters into his life. He and Annie have an instant connection with each other. The two quickly form a bond on their first date and immediately fall in love with one another. Annie is his “rock”-her optimistic attitude helps him move forward day by day. Suddenly, his life is turned upside down when he suffers a setback and he is permanently disabled. In his mind, bad luck strikes him, and only him. He feels nothing is ever positive for him and he becomes frustrated with the fact that he will never be healthy and happy again. Can Johnny beat the obstacles that seem to always get in his path? Will he be able to deal with the disappointments life throws at him? Will he be able to just be happy and try to live his life as best he can?
Maria Luhrs-Ruban is a freelance author. She always had a love of writing and enjoys writing short stories as a “hobby”. She took an at-home writing course with Long Ridge Writers Group, and she believes this is how she acquired her writing skills. Her favorite novel, and what inspired her to want to become an author, is “The Catcher In the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Maria finds Salinger’s writing style unique and she loves the use of symbolism, and her writing displays this. Maria works full-time as an ophthalmic technician at an eye doctor’s office. She grew up in New York and now resides in New Jersey with her husband, Bryan and her two children, Kassandra and Bryan Jr. She enjoys spending time with her family.