Western New York Native Shows Buffalo Love

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT

Laura Pedersen may not live in Buffalo full-time now, but there's no bigger fan of the Queen City. Channel 7's Joanna Pasceri has her story.

She's a true blue Buffalo gal. Author Laura Pedersen is so fond of her memories growing up in Western New York, she wrote a book about it.

"Buffalo Gal" features plenty of funny and sometimes offbeat stories of life during a challenging time for the Queen City. Its manufacturing base was disappearing, unemployment was high, and Buffalo became the butt of a lot of jokes.

And when Forbes Magazine placed the Queen City on the list of most miserable places to live, Pedersen fought back by writing another book, "Buffalo Unbound".

Now, Pedersen is diving into a new venture, her first children's book, called "Unplugged" that encourages families to put down the electronics and get back to the human connection.

The book is dedicated to Erin Elizabeth Suszynski, the Amherst 13-year old who died after being hit by a car in June crossing Maple Road.

Erin's mother, Mary is Pedersen's life-long friend who is featured prominently in her books. Now, Erin's memory will live on in "Unplugged".

"Unplugged" was recently a Gold recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards. The Mom's Choice Awards evaluates products and services created for children and families.