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Northshore April 2016

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128 in-depth FACES Although it is his debut novel, Stone Angels is not Har- tigan's first rodeo as a writer. A seasoned journalist who earned his bachelor of arts degree in English and psychol- ogy, as well as a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, Hartigan penned articles for USA Today, The Arizona Republic, and Destinations Travel Magazine. Hartigan is also a political writer. Currently, he is the communications director for U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts Third District). He began this position in 2012 and has worked for Tsongas in her Washington, D.C., and Lowell offices. Hartigan is the con- gresswoman's spokesperson and is in charge of all public and external relations. "I work closely with members of the local and national media," he says, "handling all proactive and reactive media inquiries and interviews. I am responsible for the majority of what is disseminated publicly from the office, so I do a lot of writing—speeches, press releases, opinion pieces, and the like." Prior to this, Hartigan worked as public information officer for the Middlesex Sheriff 's Office, where he was responsible for internal and external communications for the agency's 850 employees and the county's 1.5 million citizens. Hartigan claims, "My experience both in journal- istic writing and public relations has had a positive influ- ence on my fiction writing and my ability to tell a better story. It has taught me how to appreciate every word, and how to take something complex and distill it into some- thing appetizing to a broader audience." To promote the novel, Hartigan has been featured at bookstore signings and library readings throughout New England—sometimes alone, other times with a fellow writer. One of those recent appearances was at Barnes & Noble in his hometown. Sipping on coffee and standing next to a card table with a dozen copies of his book, he chatted congenially with patrons. The old adage claims you can't judge a book by its cover. The cover to Stone Angels, however, is exquisitely haunting. Black, gray, and white hues cast the silhouette of an angelic figure that seems to be rising out of gran- ite. The title is equally alluring. "Actually, the book went through several title changes over the years," Hartigan reflects. It wasn't until it was complete that Hartigan was able to step back and look at the novel as a whole. "Au- gustine is a young man looking for answers, looking for guidance on how to alleviate this enormous guilt weigh- ing on him. I arrived at Stone Angels and immediately loved it, and the layered meaning it has for Augustine and his journey." We think of angels as ethereal guides and protectors. Augustine is looking for the former. However, "the image Laser & Cosmetic Group Combining Coolsculpting with Skin tightening and Cellulite reduction of Venus Legacy. A revolutionary combination treatment designed to eliminate stubborn fat, tighten loose and saggy skin and smooth out cellulite. Have the beach body you have always wanted by summer. At Skin MD we call it "Fire and Ice Body Sculpting" Come in and let us show you how! Laser Hair Removal Skin Rejuvenation Wrinkle Relaxers Kybella Ultherapy Dermal Fillers our services Locations Skin MD Norwell 781.659.4900 400 Washington Street Norwell, MA 02061 Skin MD Peabody 978.854.5871 2 First Ave., Unit #123 Peabody, MA 01960 Skin MD Watertown/Newton Corner 617.923.0396 100 Galen Street, Suite 302 Watertown, MA 02472 Skin MD Worcester 508.755.0532 281 Shrewsbury Street Worcester, MA 01604 Call to schedule An appointment 1-844-skinmd1 (754-6631) OR REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION

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