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Ocean City author Elizabeth Sesso authors second book, ‘Yellow Tulips’

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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:59 am


Sentinel staff


OCEAN CITY – Anastasia Remsky develops a preoccupation with a past life in Ocean City author Elizabeth Sesso’s book, “Yellow Tulips.”

Sesso’s second book was published earlier this year, as a follow up to her 2008 debut book, “The Blue Hand.”

“The Blue Hand,” the first in what Sesso hoped will be a series of books, follows Frances Merfield, a music director who enjoys traveling throughout North America and Europe, according to the book summary. 

During a trip to California, a man who seems familiar to Merfield warns her against using flash photography in a museum. Merfield, while wondering if it is the same man who followed her out of a museum in Montreal, vows to approach him if she sees him again. 

Merfield is also featured in Sesso’s newest book, “Yellow Tulips,” which was published in January. 

The new book’s title comes from a gift she received, a handkerchief with yellow tulips that she misplaces. The handkerchief is unexpectedly mailed back to her, with a note from a museum director in Pasadena she knows. 

For Sesso, the second book was motivated partly by a desire to improve. 

“I wanted a second book to be a spin-off from the first book and I also wanted the second book to be better than the first book,” she said. 

She felt her first book was “somewhat amateurish,” and described it as a beach read that could be finished in one sitting. 

“This book, I was told from another reader, actually my neighbor, that it makes you think,” she said. Sesso always enjoyed writing, which is why she wrote the first book.  Her background, however, is not in writing.  

Sesso, who grew up in Pennsylvania, is a music teacher.  She also served for 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.  

She has a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a master’s degree from California State University. 

She began writing “The Blue Hand” in the early 2000s and started “Yellow Tulips” around 2003. 

“I’m not constantly writing … I do feel that I need to think about the writing and give it time and give it breadth,” she said. 

With each book, however, Sesso has a plan for the story. 

Although Merfield is in “Yellow Tulips,” she is not directly involved with Remsky, the book’s main character. 

In “Yellow Tulips,” a visit to a psychic throws Remsky’s life off balance and leads her to see a psychologist for guidance.  The psychic tells her she was married with children in a previous life and this news occupies Remsky’s mind for weeks. After several more calls to the psychic, Remsky makes an appointment to see psychologist Dr. Merfield to get her mind off of the psychic’s words. 

Although Merfield and Anastasia do not know each other in “Yellow Tulips,” “they are aware of each other,” Sesso said. 

Dr. Merfield is Frances Merfield’s father, and the father and daughter regularly get together for lunch. The book follows both women’s lives.  Although they know of each other, they do not meet.  

“I wanted to make it binary,” Sesso said.  The book hints at Remsky and Frances Merfield meeting in a future book. 

“Yellow Tulips” was published through Dorrance Publishing Co.  The book is available on Amazon, the Dorrance Publishing website, and more.  “The Blue Hand” can also be purchased on Amazon. 


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