LITTLETON––Author Stephanie A. Collins, a Littleton native; a Plymouth State College alumna; former pediatric nurse; wife and mother of four –has released the first printing of her book, “With Angel’s Wings”, available at amazon.com and soon-to-be available at barnesandnoble.com. The book, which has been professionally edited by Donna J. Erickson and published by A Flair For Writing – Publishing Services, is an emotional account of her struggles with a medically fragile infant, an autistic daughter with special needs and a failing marriage, which leads to an unconventional love story. Although the names of the characters have been changed, and her memoir has been transformed into a novel, the author has opted to tell her story exactly as it happened.
“With Angel’s Wings” contains many events that take place in northern New Hampshire, specifically the towns of Littleton, Plymouth and Hanover. Local residents will identify with the streets and businesses in numerous scenes of the book. Collins is thankful for the care, support and efforts of the medical community, including Dr. Lakey in Littleton and the wonderful staff of Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD).
Collins aims to not only entertain her audience, but to offer strength, courage and hope to those in similar circumstances. “I want to demonstrate to people feeling hopeless and downtrodden that with faith, love and humor, one can conquer even the darkest of times,” she said. Collins wants others to understand they are not alone when they are feeling shame, fear, anger or frustration.
What makes her story different than other medical dramas is the raw honesty in the writing. Collins feels her words may give comfort to others by showing them it is possible to get through tough times and that dark thoughts and emotions can be turned around, even if individuals are feeling they cannot.
In addition to providing support to others, Collins has another goal. She is approaching colleges to have her book accepted as part of their curriculum or suggested reading material. Fairfield University has requested a copy from the author and is considering her proposal.
The author’s website, www.withangelswings.net, provides a direct link to amazon.com, real-life photos that correlate with chapters of the book, deleted scenes, an ask-the-author/chat forum, epilogue and more.