What inspired you to write this book?
I like to delve into people’s darkest fears, and as a mother, I know that losing a child in any way is high on that list of fears. I also like flawed, imperfect characters to show how they surpass their challenges and overcome obstacles. Sadie is an alcoholic who witnesses the abduction of her son. She is given a choice: let the abductor leave with her son, or watch Sam die. What would you choose?
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
Readers will be able to identify with Sadie in so many ways because the story deals with alcoholism, relationships, infidelity and desperation. They will feel Sadie’s emotions, cry for her, want to strangle her at times, but mainly they’ll identify with her. Readers will also enjoy the setting—remote, mysterious and dangerous. The main discussion: what would you do if you were given the same choice that Sadie was given?
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing.
I am a full-time author and book publisher, but when I did work, mostly I was self-employed. I’ve had my own hair salon, private dayhome for children, sold Pampered Chef and more. Years before that I worked in advertising, promotion, sales, marketing and was a motivational speaker for a well-known international company. All of my experiences have shaped my writing in one way or another. But mostly, I just write from the heart—because that is where the true story lays.
Describe your style of writing
My writing changes subtly with each novel since I don’t stick to one boxed-in genre. I write simply, but with emotion. I prefer to let action and dialogue tell the story through my characters. Writing, for me, is like painting a picture or producing a movie—I want readers to see it in their minds.
Which authors have inspired you?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood…and so many more.
By: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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