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Mace & Crown | March 19, 2018

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ODU Student Signs Book Deal

ODU Student Signs Book Deal

Larenz Johnson
Staff Writer

It is not every day that someone’s dream comes true, and when it does, it can be life changing.

This was the case when Old Dominion University senior Lauren Farley received an email from Tennessee publishing company Omonomany Press offering her a contract for her novel.

“I’ve been going through a lot lately, and when I got that email I broke down crying in BAL and everyone was asking if I was okay, and I told them I’m just happy, this is the break that I needed,” Farley explained.

Farley’s contract with Omonomany allows her to print and release her novel, entitled “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me,” which will be distributed under the pen name L.M. Haluck.

Farley was raised in Watsontown, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Warrior Run High School in 2005.

After attending Lock Haven University for four years, she joined the Navy, where she earned the rank of petty officer third class.

Throughout life, Farley maintained an interest in writing. She never thought of writing something of this magnitude until she was stricken with intense sleeping problems during her time in the Navy, leading to the creation of “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me.”

“While I was in the Navy I couldn’t sleep, so they gave me sleeping pills, and those sleeping pills gave me the craziest dreams,” Farley said.

After writing the dreams down, the ideas spread into a full length project, with its title coming from the phrase, “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

“It was just something that I thought fit really well with the theme of the story after I wrote most of it. Life throws a lot at you so you know how the saying goes,” Farley said.

“Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me” is about Petty Officer 2nd Class Logan “Lo” Easton, who is administered a new drug following a car accident. The drug is intended to speed up the healing process in hopes of getting her back in the field quickly, but multiple attempts on her life make her ponder the truth behind this vaccine.

It has only been a little over a year since landing the contract, but Farley already has talks of future projects.

“I do have to write a second book because of how the first book ended. It’s definitely a cliffhanger, so expect more from me,” Farley said.

As of now, “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me” does not have a release date, but Farley is looking at a Spring 2016 release, with plans of doing a book signing at a local bookstore.

“It should be coming out in March or April, just in time for graduation,” Farley said.