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Georgia College sophomore becomes published author

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November 14, 2012

Georgia College sophomore Allison Blanchard’s passion for writing led to her first novel, “Forget Me Not,” released thisSophomore Allison Blanchard publishes young adult novel "Forget Me Not."Sophomore Allison Blanchard publishes young adult novel "Forget Me Not." semester.

“It still feels like a dream,” said Blanchard of Grovetown, Ga.

Published by Martin Sisters Publishing, “Forget Me Not” is a paranormal romance novel about two young adults entangled in secret legends of Chippewa Native Americans.

The book explores issues of love, grief, life, death and deeper questions of reality.

“The book takes readers to a different world,” Blanchard said. “It’s a love story based in Great Falls, Mont.”

 Blanchard’s journey to write the novel spanned several years and came about after an emotional time in her life.

Her father died when she was a freshman in high school. She started writing to help with the grieving process and out of that experience her novel was born.

“When I was younger, my dad enjoyed learning about and sharing the history of Native American culture,” she said, “so that’s always been important to me.”

Blanchard is earning bachelor’s degrees in English with a concentration in creative writing and French.

"Georgia College is proud of Allison and her achievement," said Ken Procter, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We strive to attract students with creative goals, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ambition to make a mark on the world.  Allison clearly has all of these qualities."

Blanchard is currently working on the book’s sequel “Morning Glory,” which she plans to complete by the end of this year.

“Forget Me Not” is available on, and in bookstores.

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