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Eme McAnam’s Freefalling Book Signing in Grand Marais July 27th

Author Eme McAnam will be in Grand Marais Thursday, July 27, reading from her new book, Freefalling: A Novel of Senior Romance. The reading and book signing event will be held at The Hub (10 Broadway Ave, Grand Marais, MN 55604), formerly known as the Senior Center, at 1:00 pm.

The complexities of romantic love in the world of so-called senior citizens are not regularly fea­tured in popular culture. Eme describes Freefall­ing as a hopeful story depicting a woman who at 60 years old realizes that her dedication to her career has kept her from finding the love of her life. “She unfortunately suffers from dementia. Going from a sexy, competent, vibrant woman, Charlotte who is the heroine of the story, trans­forms into another beautiful version of herself supported by love,” Eme said.

Eme says her writing is informed by her pre-re­tirement career managing a senior focused assist­ed living facility. The book is also influenced by the North Shore.

“I’ve been obsessed with the North Shore for decades,” Eme said. Several scenes in the book are set on local hiking trails.

Eme actually wrote while staying at Cliff Dweller Hotel on Lake Superior in Tofte. “I stayed in unit one and wrote from midnight to 4 am,” she said. “With the windows open, the rhythm of the lake has a lot to do with how the story moved along.”

Freefalling is Eme’s first novel and she’s al­ready got another in the works.

She grew up in New Ulm, MN, the third young­est of nine children. From her earliest memories she wanted to be a professional singer. “I remem­ber as a child standing on picnic tables, singing songs for people,” she said.

Eme graduated from the University of Minne­sota and studied speech and theater. She pursued a singing and songwriting career creating a hit single on the Billboard Country Top 100 some 40 years ago.

After becoming a single mother, and realizing that her music career wasn’t paying the bills, she gave up on professional singing and built a busi­ness certifying fitness instructors, and then mov­ing on to become a financial advisor, mostly for older clients. After being the source of financial advice for a number of seniors, and seeing all the needs they had, she entered into managing an assisted living facility in the Twin Cities.

With almost a decade in senior services, Eme found many characteristics that inspired the characters of Freefalling. “Both men and women are different in senior romance,” she said.

“As a financial advisor and managing the facil­ity I began to see seniors as full people,” she said. “The seeds of who they were in their younger years never went away.”

In Freefalling, Charlotte ages from 60 to 75, suffers the ravages of dementia, and finds ro­mantic love.

Retirement, Eme says, is one more season looking for opportunities. Speaking at book signing events, she has found that she likes pub­lic speaking and that she’s pretty good at it. “It’s all about living joy to our last breath,” she said.

Her book can be found on Amazon and other major retailers. Copies will be available on the 27th and Eme looks forward to signing copies for all who want one.

Her website is www.emespirit.com.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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