High school senior Victoria “Tori” Reeve has it pretty good. She’s rich, she’s smart, and she’s popular. What more could a girl ask for? Sure, she’s a little lonely, what with being single and her best friend going off to college and all, but she’s got her work at the Spaulding Crisis Center to keep her busy. When she gets a new boss in the very easy on the eyes form of Isaac Larsen, suddenly her volunteer work feels a lot less like work. Even if he does seem to cause Tori to break out into spontaneous fits of foot in mouth disease. Somehow in spite of her blunderitis, Isaac still seems to be interested in her in a more-than-employer or even more-than-friends kind of way.
So really she should have known that things would go sideways.
Trouble comes to Spaulding, and that trouble seems to be centered on Tori and the Crisis Center. Is she really the focus? Or does this all have to do with the new mysterious man in her life? In her efforts to find out, Tori stumbles across some secrets. Skeletons that might have been better off left in the closet. As it turns out, Spaulding is a hot spot for bad blood…
Interview with Indie Author
What state/Country do you reside?
New Hampshire, United States
How did you get started writing?
I had actually started writing in school, and thanks to some bad advice I put it aside. When I was on maternity leave, I was reading WAY too much, and after reading a few too many poorly written books, I decided it was time to pick it back up.
Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push?
One person? How about all the people who just give me that disapproving look every time I go “I AM A TERRIBLE WRITER, THIS SUCKS, I SHOULD JUST DELETE IT ALL AND CUT MYSELF AND THEN THROW MYSELF OFF A BRIDGE.” And uh… that’s sort of an actual quote.
How many books did you attempt before you were published?
The great thing about being scared of rejection in the modern age of self publishing is that this is actually the first book I wrote.
Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time?
Inspiration. Otherwise I’m pretty flexible. If I want to write well though, I need shows I like not to be on the TV.
Which novel is your favorite of your books?
I have this book in my head that’s going to be AWESOME. But out of my actual books instead of theoretical ones… well this is the only one… so by default it sort of wins. Though that isn’t really fair to Bad Blood. I mean I only have one child, but she’s epic. Kind of like Bad Blood.
Of that, which is your favorite character?
I can’t pick. They’re like my children. It would be horrible to pick. But… if I were to pick… Quinn. Hands down.
How many books do you have in the works now?
That I’m actually working on? I’m wrapping up a serial series that I’ve been working on, and I’ll publish that when it’s all done with some extra scenes that I liked but couldn’t work into one of the stories.
What are your favorite scenes to construct?
Awkward romantic encounters.
Do you have plans for another new book/series?
(I actually snorted when I read this question and pictured the expression on my husband and Jena’s faces) I have uh… 44 story ideas. Not including my solo secret project, my secret project with Jena, and my secret project with my cousin…
Ideas I have in spades… it’s focus I lack.
What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin BLEW MY MIND. Or maybe “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” by Louis Sachar. I was a reading addict early.
Who is yourfavorite author? Favorite series?
Oh sweet crickets, I can only pick one? According to my goodreads, my most read authors are Ilona Andrews and Stephen King… and I’d have to say that’s probably close to accurate. So for favorite series… Gunslinger and Kate Daniels.
OH! R.A. SALVATORE. Love him.
What is your favorite quote?
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R. R. Martin, “A Dance of Dragons”
Do you have a favorite book cover?
Nope. I have some favorite tragically bad ones… but I can’t throw other authors under the bus. On my promotional tour anyways.
Naughtiest book you ever read?
“In the Night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendak. What? It was a banned book.
Tell us something no one knows.
“But the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life. ”
Seriously though, I over share with everyone. Especially my husband. There is no more mystery…