You’ve found your way past my blog and you want to know a little more about me! My name is Vicki Pugliese You can find me on Twitter @VickiPugliese and on the public Facebook Group at IntrospectiveSojourner. I also hang out on Twitter at #ontheporch with some really great people who are a lot like me. Or the Historical Novel Society – Northern California on Facebook who are an amazing and helpful group – for those interested in Historical Novels.
I’m a wife, mother of four and grandmother of four who makes a living as a SQL developer. I am from the coolest small town in the world, Titusville Pennsylvania. The home of the first oil well… EVER! Titusville also claims the hoola-hoop as it’s own invention as well as the home town of John Heisman, of that football trophy thing. All of that is super cool, but the people of Titusville are what make me call it home. If you love architecture, you can’t find more amazing homes and buildings in a single area, I guarantee it. A quick drive down Main Street and you will be in love with my hometown too.
More about me? Well I’m pretty eclectic! I enjoy almost all creative outlets. I paint with oils and acrylics and have for nearly twenty years now. Yes, I have been making a mess for that long! I’m totally rocking the Bob Ross happy little trees! I make jewelry, multi-media crafts and torture poor little yard sale furniture pieces. I bore easily, as you might have guessed, but I don’t tire easily!
I’ve served in the U.S. Navy – you’re welcome – and married a fellow sailor. Too slow girls! We love our pets and seem to have way too many most of the time. We like unusual ones too. We’ve had horses and birds and various rodents along with dogs and cats. If it’s furry, I love it.
I’ve lived in Titusville, our nation’s capital, Hawaii, Washington State and now in Northern California. I do like the lack of bugs here in California, I must admit.
Now I am delving into the scary world of author. It’s the most exciting and terrifying thing I have ever done!
SHADES OF BLUES; Into a Fractured Mind
Available on Amazon.Com and Kindle
When tragedy happens unexpectedly, it changes everything.
Eloise and Grant’s fairytale life is shattered overnight by a cruel and heartbreaking misfortune. They are the perfect couple, loving, in love, and living the American dream. Their son’s devastating diagnosis turns their life into something unrecognizable, as Eloise descends into bitter darkness. Grant, afraid there is nothing he can do to change her decline, turns to his faith.
North Warren, a premier mental institution, driven by success, doggedly pursues cutting edge treatments. Morally unshackled from a need to do the right thing, or patient care, the institution resorts to experimentation on its patients, who are helpless to fight back. After all, who would believe the claims of the delusional?
Plunging with a vengeance into the horror that few have survived, Eloise finds herself trapped in a life she can’t escape from. With sheer determination and ingenuity, Eloise leaves herself clues. Can she survive the cruel experimental treatments of a 1950’s mental institution? Will Grant’s love, and a single staff member’s changed heart, be enough to save her from this nightmare place before there is nothing left to save? Eloise needs to find away soon or all her memories of their son will be gone?
SHADES OF BLUES; Into a Fractured Mind will take you on a ride through blissful highs and heartbreaking lows. Flash back to the 1950’s in this dramatic period piece, set in a small Pennsylvanian town. Based on actual events, SHADES OF BLUES; Into a Fractured Mind is an incredibly powerful and compelling story filled with suspense, grace and redemption. It delves deep into the topics of mental illness, forced institutionalization, and the treatments used in the late fifties as well as the tragedy of losing a child to a slow and painful terminal illness.
THE LIGHT AND DARK OF IT; A Journey Back
How do you convince others you’re mentally stable, when you can’t trust your own mind?
Eloise and Grant desperately want their fairytale life back. When Eloise returns home from North Warren, a premier mental institution, they are filled with hope – and a little anxious.
She quickly learns that her mental stability is always in question, and if she wants to remain free she must learn to play the role they expect of her. If only her mind would cooperate.
Can Eloise convince Grant that living under such scrutiny is a recipe for disaster? If she doesn’t find a way soon, she may be doomed to a life inside the hell of North Warren. Except now there is no dying child, no sympathetic story and no one at North Warren who cares enough to save her.
THE LIGHT AND DARK OF IT; A Journey Back delves deep into the challenges faced once someone is released from institutional care. Set in the 1950’s, THE LIGHT AND DARK OF IT; A Journey Back is the thought-provoking, heartbreaking and heartwarming conclusion of SHADES OF BLUES; Into A Fractured Mind that will leave you cheering Eloise on as you fall in love with the small town of Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Other Novel’s in Progress:
Eden’s Report Series – Eden’s News- WIP
Heavenly Pieces Series – Finding Faith – WIP
Feel free to peruse the blog, you’ll find a very random set of topics, even poetry. Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!