Larissa Ione has been through a lot over the last six months. She survived Hurricane Katrina, which wiped out her community and destroyed her home. She's had to relocate across the country, with little more than the clothes on her back, and try to rebuild her life from scratch. While doing this, she's had to deal with being separated from her husband while he and the Coast Guard provided aid to other storm victims, and too much run around from the government that is supposed to be helping survivors like her.
Now imagine going through all the above and still finding the strength to keep working, writing and submitting. Larissa's friends rallied around her with what help we could provide, but through all this, she had to cope mostly on her own, and is still trying to cope. Most people would give up, but not Larissa. As a writer, she has the attitude and backbone of a true pro.
Today I am delighted to report that it finally paid off.
Welcome to the majors, Larissa.