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Adrienne Falzon

Adrienne lives in New York City and Southhampton, New York with her husband Manny. Together they enjoy traveling and being with their blended family of 7 sons and 6 grandchildren. Adrienne also participates in children's charities and local organizations. Her illustrator is Helen M. Salzberg, a well known and respected artist from NYC and Palm Beach, Florida.

Published Works:

Live Like Paul


They say (whoever "they" may be) that everything happening in our lives is in divine order. In other words, each choice we make, each event that takes place, every occurrence, etc., brings us to where we should be, with some purpose.

I'm starting to believe that's true while having the privilege and opportunity of looking back at the unfolding of the last years and months. Although I would never have chosen many of the experiences that I have endured, I can see the good that's evolved from them. My most recently published book, "It's Not Fair!" was released days before my dear son Paul passed away in November 2018.

In writing, "It's Not Fair!" I intended to bring solace, inspiration, and hope to all my readers. While accepting and acknowledging that life is not fair many times , we don't need to go around feeling bitter and angry. Instead, we can most benefit by being grateful for what we do have while turning frustrations into meaningful accomplishments. All of this was fresh in my mind when Paul died and would ultimately serve as a roadmap for me in moving forward in my grief. What do they say about practicing what you preach? Weird, isn't it? Or, maybe not. Why THIS book, THIS time?

Believe me, following my own words wasn't easy, and there are days it still isn't. Losing a child is a lifelong commitment to staying the path.

Paul was so excited about that upcoming book because he was planning to give 50 books to his friends' children at Christmas, as he did for all my other books. He was to arrive in California on what would be the day after he died with a list of all the names I would sign in each book while he was here for Thanksgiving. He would then put them in the extra empty suitcase to go back to Atlanta. None of that ever happened.

Instead, at his funeral, I asked for a list of all the children from his friends, and I made sure I sent those books out just as Paul wanted. It's not fair he couldn't give those books himself. It's not fair that someone so healthy, so kind, so generous, so happy should die. He went for his annual checkup days before and was offered a flu shot. He had only one shot in his lifetime, but because he was traveling to California, he would accept it. He became ill that night and never recovered.

The second of my four sons was gone, and I would never be the same. I've always been very close to all my boys—the typical Italian mom about her sons. The grief was unimaginable, and I knew I needed a project. A project that I hoped would have positive effects on anyone needing them, for whatever reason. I also needed Paul's story told. He had an extremely full life in his 43 years. There's no way I could recount all that he did and experienced, but I tried.

The main idea I wanted readers to be left with is that he lived a life of love and giving; hence, the title "LIVE LIKE PAUL."

Ultimately that mantra would adorn t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bracelets. There would be festivals, concerts, hikes, poker parties, pool parties, etc. in his honor, while those attending would wear the Live Like Paul attire.

My book, "Live Like Paul," also addresses past and current ideologies and circumstances that are contrary to living our best life and how perhaps we can change them. As seen by the legacy Paul left in all his friendships, how he positively affected so many, we can only come away with the realization that it's not the years in our life that matter, but it's the kind of life we lead in those years. And, that life should be filled with giving, love, and acceptance of all those who may not be just like us. There isn't another way to enjoy a fruitful and content life. In "Live like Paul," one will hopefully come to the same conclusion.

Published October, 2020.


It's Not Fair


Frankie's baseball team, the John Jay Indians, lost the game in the bottom of the last inning because of an "unfair" call by the umpire.

So many other things seem "unfair" in Frankie's life lately, but, with the patient understanding of his school's guidance counselor, Mr. Harley, Frankie finds wisdom in life's "unfair" twists and turns.

About the Illustrator: Debbie Waldorf Johnson grew up in Michigan, creating comic book characters and her own paper dolls. She has worked as a graphic designer, technical illustrator, and watercolor artist. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and currently resides in Melbourne, Florida with her husband where they enjoy getting a little sand between their toes.

Published November, 2018.


Selfish Sally


Sally learns a lesson when everyone around her calls her Selfish Sally. She s not sure what SELFISH means until she talks it over with her mom. She realizes that her choice to keep her things to herself has a negative effect on her life. Lonely and unhappy, she decides to give sharing a try and finds the world is a much better place to live when we all share what we have.

About the Illustrator: Helen M. Saltzberg lives in Redding, Connecticut and Palm Beach, Florida. With an MBA degree from New York University, she has won many awards throughout her lifetime. Her artwork has been displayed in many private and public collections. She established the Jaffe Center Helen Salzberg Artists in Residence Program at Florida Atlantic University.

Published May, 2016.


The Search for the Perfect Shell


The Search for the Perfect Shell is a young girl s frustrating hunt to find the perfect shell for her grandmother.

Through her quest for this perfect shell, her grandmother shares with her an invaluable life lesson.

About the Illustrator: Helen M. Saltzberg lives in Redding, Connecticut and Palm Beach, Florida. With an MBA degree from New York University, she has won many awards throughout her lifetime. Her artwork has been displayed in many private and public collections. She established the Jaffe Center Helen Salzberg Artists in Residence Program at Florida Atlantic University

Published October, 2014.


What is an Angel?


In What Is An Angel? One meets Olivia, an elementary school student, who finds herself immersed in all the Christmas decorations in her classroom. What really captures her attention, however, are the angels hanging on the Christmas tree.

She asks herself, What is an angel, anyway? This is ultimately answered and explained by her Aunt Rose.

Readers young and old will clearly understand the work of angels in our lives, as directed by God. The last sentence in the book leaves the reader in thought and peace with the suggestion of an angel s physical presence. One must read to find out how this is done!

About the Illustrator: Helen M. Saltzberg lives in Redding, Connecticut and Palm Beach, Florida. With an MBA degree from New York University, she has won many awards throughout her lifetime. Her artwork has been displayed in many private and public collections. She established the Jaffe Center Helen Salzberg Artists in Residence Program at Florida Atlantic University.

Published September, 2012.


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