Ed Stuteville has recently released his second novel, “Forever and For Always,” which is now available. A book introduction party at El Poblano’s in Charleston is set for March 16. Although it is an invitation-only party, if people would like to attend, they can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and receive an invitation.
“Forever and Always” asks the question, “What would you do if your life delivered a blow that would turn your charmed life into a hellish nightmare? Jeff and Susan Long had lived that life for years. They lived a life full of love, pain, happiness, disappointment and everything in between.
Although they were separated by 10 years in age, they found an uncommon bond and built a love story that lasted for more than 28 years. But bipolar disorder brought a family together — a story of how love can be found in the strangest of places.
Jeff tells the story of how he and Susan met and how she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, with their youngest daughter telling the story of her father after her mother’s death.
The three of them paint a true love story that is meant to last “Forever and for Always.”
Stuteville was born in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Etowah. For more than 35 years he has worked in retail management — working his way up from cook and cashier in a fast food restaurant to the vice president of the company over operations. During an eight-year break in between, he was co-owner or owner in two partnerships.
He met Kathy, his wife of 10 years when they were in the third grade and, all through school they never dated. Both married other people and had families. In 2000, they renewed their friendship through the Classmates.com website and learned they had practically followed each other through life. Every move Stuteville made in his career, he and Kathy were only a few miles apart without ever knowing it.
They married in 2003. Ed and Kathy make their home in Charleston, where they spend leisure time traveling and playing with their three granddaughters. When he isn’t traveling, he’s usually working on his next book.