Blessings and Curses
Olivia Douglass is undecided about becoming a priest even after she has completed seminary. She is adopted and for most of her life, she has had a curse over her that she has held secret. In order to help her find out whether or not she is led to the priesthood, her parish priest gives her an assignment -- to pray with an inmate on death row. The relationship with the inmate makes her curious about her own life before she was adopted.
Before he is executed, the inmate asks for Olivia's help and in honoring his personal request, she discovers something in her past that threatens to uproot her ordinary life with her adopted family and causes her to desperately struggle to hold on to her persona and position.
About Judy Kelly (Washington, DC Author)
Judy Kelly's writing credentials include: the recent, Blessings and Curses, published by Blackrosewriting.com; That Ever Died So Young, a finalist in the Somerset Literary and Contemporary Fiction Award, 2014; "The Weekend," a short story, "The Nun," a short story and both were published in anthologies. She has presented at the Fiction Writers Institute in Hagerstown, Maryland; at Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland; and the Maryland Writers' Association's conference.
She has taught writing to high school teachers through AWP; and she currently teaches fiction writing at Frederick Community College and Montgomery College in their Life Long Learning programs. She is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College where she teaches speech, reading, and English. She is an avid long distance bicyclist, enjoys walking, loves the theater and is very active in her church.