MEMOIR MEETS THRILLER: Laila Levin enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career as an I.T. executive in Austin, Texas, but she can’t quite shake her lifelong sense of not truly belonging anywhere. When her company announces a major layoff, Laila finds herself caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate’s suicide stirs up a dark secret involving three devious friends from her past. One has betrayed a vow, another wants to rekindle their romance, and the third is out for revenge.
Suddenly for Laila, it’s 1969 again. She’s only seventeen, and she’s left her sheltered home in Long Island for college in Connecticut. Amid protests of the Vietnam War, she’s tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that rule her generation. Laila gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle with two older locals and initiated into their unethical hippie family. Too late she realizes her search to belong has led to tragedy.
Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband, her successful career, and her baby boomer past, forcing her to make choices that endanger her survival and challenge her conscience.
She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
★★★★★ “I love a mystery and I love stories about the late 60’s/early 70’s and this book has both! Really fun read.” –Barbara Gaines, Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman
“In Reznik’s debut novel, a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. . . . While effective as a page turner, the novel also tells a timeless, universal tale of a woman’s journey toward self-acceptance. An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships.” –-Kirkus Reviews
Targeted Age Group: BABY BOOMERS 50+
Book Price: $ .99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing a thriller has to have twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. In this book every other chapter to place either in the late sixties or 2012. So the twists and turns of both stories had to enter twine. It took a chart of clues and character timelines to keep in all together.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
A writer writes. This was given to me by my first creative writing professor, the author, Rudulfo Anaya. Get a good critique group. You’ll need others to help you through the process. Read good books on writing such as Dwight Swain, John Gartner, John Truby. Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.
I grew up on Long Island but escaped to New Mexico in 1970 in a Karmann Ghia that my boyfriend and I jump-started cross-country. As an English major at the University of New Mexico, I studied under esteemed authors Rudolfo Anaya, and the late Tony Hillerman. I also attended the prestigious University of Iowa’s Creative Writing Workshop.
Ambidextrous from birth, I’ve always preferred my right-brained creative side, but discovered I could make a better living with my left-brain skills, so I entered the I.T. field in 1985 and worked as an I.T. Manager until 2011.
I published my first novel, The Girl From Long Guyland in November 2012. The novel has consistently achieved #1 rank in Thriller/Suspense during its Amazon promotions and has over 110,000 Kindle downloads. In addition to my novels, I have written and optioned three screenplays that have garnered semifinalist and finalist wins in the Austin Heart of Film, Southwest Writers, TV Writer, Chesterfield and Writer’s Digest contests. Currently, I am working on a new novel based on my screenplay, The M&M Boys.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m at an age when I’ve begun reflecting on different periods of my life and examining what I’ve learned from them. For me, the late sixties was an aberration from the rest of my relatively conservative lifestyle. I wasn’t near as naïve or crazy as Laila, but I was a quintessential hippie, feminist, and anti-war protestor. Evidently, the novel has struck a cord with other baby boomers thinking about the same things.