Lia Mack has just released her first novel, Waiting for Paint to Dry, a story that takes place in familiar settings throughout the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. The novel utilizes the serenity of these locations – from beaches to local community hubs – to help the protagonist deal with the trauma of her past. The story follows the journey of a sexual assault survivor who is learning to deal with her pain and “sword of trauma” – a term that was inspired by Angela Shelton, an advocate for survivors of sexual assault.

Of her novel’s theme, Lia explained, “By using my own ‘sword of trauma,’ I was able to fictionalize a part of my own life story into a story that could both inspire and empower others.” To continue to support and inspire, a portion of the novel’s sales will raise funds for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. For more information on Lia and her novel visit