It would appear that the fascination of Barga strikes once again as a recent visitor to the city declared this morning in a fairly extensive interview which can be heard below, that she has been smitten by Barga and its vibrant community.
The successful writer Laura Caldwell was on a brief visit to the city visiting friends who have an apartment in Barga Vecchia. she said that she has heard from many sources at Barga was special but wanted to see for herself. As you can hear the interview, she was not disappointed and is now looking into the possibility of spending more time here.
Who knows, in the future could we see a book being published by Laura Caldwell based on the characters so it sounds and sensations of Barga?
Watch this space.
Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Director of Life After Innocence, published author of several novels and 1 non-fiction book.
Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defence and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others.
Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map was voted as one of the best books the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive…writers around,” after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.
While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Caldwell was led to the criminal case of 19 year-old a young man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Caldwell joined a renowned criminal defence attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first non-fiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).
She is published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.
Inspired by Mosley’s case and his challenges of rejoining society, Caldwell founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives. – source – Laura Caldwell.com
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