Haunted by his past and what he has to do to control the demons it causes, Scott never lets anyone get close to him. What if they found out about the fire and what his cousins did afterward? He’s never been in love. Doesn’t think he deserves to be loved after what he did. Never spent the night with a girl after having sex. Too risky. What if he had one of his nightmares?
Then he meets Abby, and it’s like she casts a spell over him. A spell he can’t break, and maybe doesn’t want to. To buy time to decide, he takes a job in another state covering entertainment for a newspaper. Despite all the fun and excitement of the new job, which has him interviewing celebrities, attending premieres, and jetting off to New York, Las Vegas, and Hollywood, he can’t stop thinking about Abby.
They continue their long-distance affair while she is finishing grad school, and Scott weighs the options of how to handle the new feelings he’s experiencing. Can he conquer his demons and have a successful relationship with Abby? Does he want to try? It won’t be easy. And will Abby wait for him while he tries?
Targeted Age Group:: Young adult and above
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've always been fascinated with people who have overcome personal demons, whether in literature or real life. And how they did it. The struggles they went through. Scott is such a character. His parents died when he was four. He went to live with his cousins. His aunt died soon afterward. Like a few people I've known in real life, and many I've read about or seen in the movies, he's tormented. The question is can he overcome his torment and live a normal life. Can he fall in love and have a meaningful, fulfilling relationship? I wanted to try to depict such a character and the agony and struggle he goes through.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is difficult to answer. Most of my inspiration just comes to me. Usually when I'm exercising. I guess that gets blood flowing to the brain. Other times I get insight while showering. A therapist friend of mine says all writing comes from past experiences. I'm not sure I agree, but if it does, it isn't literal. That is, characters may possibly be a conglomerate of people you've known, at least in some aspects. But no character become a literary version of someone from your past, at least not my characters.
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