A former English teacher, Lynette Sofras gave up a high level career in education to focus on her writing a few years ago, thus fulfilling her lifelong dream. She mainly writes women fiction, often with suspense and/or a supernatural twist. Learn more about her and her books at her website and blog.
Increased life expectancy is something we ought to be able to celebrate, but with advancing years come many challenges and problems. Health issues apart, perhaps the most significant challenge facing many elderly people is that of loneliness. With the fragmentation of society, loss of partners or other family members, many old people lead isolated and often miserable existences, rarely seeing a friendly face from one day to the next. But what a difference a cheerful smile and a few kind words can make to the vulnerable in our society.
According to recent studies, within the next 30 years, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is set to more than double, reaching 88.5 million. This means that future generations will need to be prepared to care for a larger populace of elderly loved ones with ever-increasing needs.
There are many practical ways we can help and perhaps the most important is to ensure they eat healthily and of the foods they particularly enjoy, as well as having ready supplies of goods that meet their essential needs and allow them some independence and dignity.
My second contemporary romance, Shopping for Love was inspired by a lonely, elderly neighbour for whom I became a friend and carer. I used to take her to do her banking and weekly shopping, but when she moved into sheltered accommodation, she lost her confidence and became too unsteady on her feet to venture out, so asked me to take care of everything for her. On one occasion, while shopping for her, a rather delightful elderly gentleman struck up a brief conversation over the baffling choice and variety of tomatoes in the supermarket. And from little acorns (or should I say tomato seeds?) my novel was born.
Primary school teacher Emma does a weekly shop for her elderly neighbour Joan, while computer scientist Greg performs the same task for his aging grandfather. Needless to say the two meet while buying tomatoes and soon fall in love.
Shopping for Love
Love can find you in the strangest places - but it's never for sale!
They meet - of all places - buying tomatoes in the supermarket and there’s no denying the attraction is mutual. But Greg, a software developer, is still raw from his painful divorce and Emma, his children’s teacher, is recovering from her own heartache. Then the reappearance of Emma's career-obsessed ex-boyfriend and Greg's spiteful ex-wife threatens to kill their new love before it has even begun.
Is Emma’s love strong enough to survive Greg’s demanding past and the threats to both their careers? What will be the cost of falling in love in a world where everything comes with a high price tag?