- Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.
I’m a covert book reader. Ever since I was eight years old and started reading chapter books, I’ve snuck reading into my day. After bedtime, it was the hallway light. During my school years, it was Math class. Lifeguarding, I’d read on my breaks and the second the patrons stepped out of the water. During college, I worked in the woods as an intern with the local Department of Forestry office. I’d rush through my assigned task for the day (sometimes running) just so I could spend the rest of my time lounging under a tree to read or write.
- What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?
I often wonder as I Google topics such as “the effects of chloroform” or “how to hotwire a car” or “where can a person get shot without causing any internal injuries” if my name pops up on some CIA/FBI/Homeland Security Watch List as “Writer: Completely Harmless but Possesses an Overactive Imagination. Threat: Benign.” It makes me giggle.
To answer your question, I found out that contrary to Hollywood, chloroform on a rag is often lethal or will cause vomiting, brain damage, or a variety of other side effects. A victim doesn’t just wake up and try to fight back.
- What’s your inspiration for writing the Starr Fall series?
The inspiration for Starr Fall came in the form of a dream. I’m always chased by bad guys when I sleep—I blame an overactive imagination combined with consuming one too many action and adventure movies. One night I woke up in a cold sweat. A secret organization wanted me as an assassin. Me? No one wants to read about me, but Starr Bishop? That’s a character readers can get behind. I added Christian, because who doesn’t need some kissing and a dreamy hero in their life?
- Tell us more about Starr Bishop. She sounds like one intriguing teen.
In the beginning, Starr appears to be the classic, seventeen-year-old overachiever. She’s the type of person you want to hate because she’s together and you’re a hot mess, but she’s really nice, so you can’t hate her. When the Organization selects her as an assassin, she has two choices: become an assassin or disappear. While she’s in hiding, she meets Christian and she’s immediately attracted to him but she has no idea what to do about it. He wants to be her hero, but she’s not a damsel in distress. She’s a kickass heroine for our times.
- What about Christian Evergood? Why does he pretend to be a Goth loner?
Christian reveals to Starr that his parents died the year before he moved to Webster. He gave up the life of star athlete and prodigal son of “do good” parents after their funeral. When he moved in with his aunt, he decided he was no longer going to help people, thus the black clothing, black eye liner, combat books, and scowling disposition. When Starr goes missing, everything changes. He wants to be her hero and keep her safe. He tries to make her forget the Organization is after her, but no one controls Starr.
- What is this “Organization”? How did Starr become their top recruit?
The Organization led by General Treadwell remains vague in Starr Fall, Book One. The only thing Starr really knows about the Organization (and the reader) is that Treadwell wants her as an assassin because she demonstrates all the qualities an assassin should possess—intelligence, strong leadership skills, athletic prowess in both swimming and running, and a drive to be the best. Unfortunately for the Organization, they did not take into consideration her stubbornness, her ability to adapt to new situations, or her loyalty to her friends. That was their first mistake.
- What’s up next in the Starr Fall series?
So much!! Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall series released in January 2017. While on the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends that much. Starr Gone, Book Three of the Starr Fall series releases Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger.
I planned on waiting until the summer to start Starr Found, Book Four of the Starr Fall series, but Starr’s got a mind of her own. She insisted on a session the other day, and Starr gets what she wants.
Genre: Young Adult, YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: November 4, 2016
– Shakera Blakney, YA Insider
Other Books by the Author
STARR LOST (Starr Fall, Book 2)
A Starr falls, and a family is found.
On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.
“After reading Starr Fall I didn’t think anything could top that at all. Then I read this book…I just loved it, and the ending was INCREDIBLE.”
– Meggan Turner, Goodreads reviewer
“I didn’t tell you about my aunt,” he smiles.
“Is she a secret agent? Because that would really be convenient.”
“No, but almost as good, she’s a doctor. She works from time to time in hospitals, but her true passion is Doctors without Borders. She stayed home most of the summer and fall, but she’s not as happy in the states as she is in the field. A month ago, I finally convinced her I would be fine on my own.”
“So, let me guess. She’s on assignment?” I eye him warily.
“You got it. Darfur to be exact.”
“How long?” He turns to me. A crooked smile crosses his face. “Months and months.”
I almost get lost in his smile, but I catch myself. I can’t get distracted. “No.”
“No?” he says, “What do you mean ‘no’?”
“I mean that you are not risking your life for me. Enough people are,” I gulp, “dead because of me. I will not put your life in harm’s way.”
“Too late,” he replies.
“No, it isn’t. Drop me off on the road, and I’ll figure this thing out.”
“No? What do you mean no? Drop me off on the side of the road. I’ll be fine. I’ve survived this long, haven’t I?” I shout as I sit up in my seat. I tick off everything I’ve done over the past four days. “I escaped the test site, swam Lake Ontario, and have managed to hide out without getting caught. I am doing a damn good job of going underground.”
“No, you aren’t,” he says.
I could spit fireballs at him. “What do you care? I thought you were, and I quote, ‘done helping people.’”
He pulls over to the side of the road and puts the car in park. His expression gives no hint to his mood. “Because of this,” he says and locks his fingers in mine. Electrical currents surge through them. The wall I’ve kept up for days and days crashes down as I lose what control I had left. The thread is broken.
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