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Aurelia Wills launches her novel Someone I Wanted to Be

When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself and discovering your true friends. 

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school and her mother spends every night on the couch with a bottle of wine. Leah's skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren't much better and can hardly be counted on for support. When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy coy and confident and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she or Kristy is seriously hurt?"

Aurelia Wills's stories have been published in journals and anthologies including American Fiction Volume XII: Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. Two of the stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She teaches creative writing and ESL to immigrants in Minneapolis and lives in Saint Paul

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