Shorelife-The Daily Times/November 2012

When Kelly Hughes Roberts used to hear authors say it had taken them 10 years to complete their books, she'd wonder how.

"Now I know!" she said.

Roberts, who lives in Ocean Pines, just published her first book after four years of writing. "The Road to Chianti" is a young adult novel about two children in Tuscany. The children, ages 9 and 12, lose their parents in a devastating fire and are sent to an orphanage in the 1970s. The story, Roberts explained, is the tale of their escape from the orphanage and their journey back home to Chianti. ...