BOOK NEWS AND NOTES
Visually Impaired Reader Inspires Author
(NAPSI)—Four years ago, bestselling author Mary Jane Clark spoke at the Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped’s Fall Festival. There, she met Ottilie Lucas, a former rehabilitation teacher for people with macular degeneration and other disabilities who is visually impaired herself.
After the festival, “we continued our correspondence and one thing
led to another,” Lucas says of
And so was born Terri Donovan, introduced in the first book in Clark’s Wedding Cake Mysteries series, 2011’s “To Have and to Kill.”
“Mary Jane asked me to give her ways to identify symptoms that a person may be experiencing macular degeneration,” Lucas says. These include blurred vision and difficulty discerning the intensity of colors—symptoms shared by Terri Donovan, who runs a bakery and is the mother of the protagonist of Clark’s series, struggling actress Piper Donovan.
Lucas, who was born with retinitis pigmentosa, became a patron of the New
Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) in 1966. TBBC is
among more than 100 libraries across the
NLS oversees a free reading program for
Lucas has been married 49 years and has been on more than 20 ocean
cruises. “Ottilie is such an inspiration,”
To learn more about how the NLS program can help you, a loved one or a friend, go online to www.loc.gov/nls or call 1-888-NLS-READ.
The new mystery series by Mary Jane Clark (above) features a visually impaired character inspired by a real-life reader.
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