Insulting a guy in a wheelchair--is that any way to start a romance?
Life was complicated enough for Sivia before Keeley came into her life.
Her parent's divorce did not wipe out their traditional family values. Dad is still way too self-centered, Mom is still resentful, Russ is still shoving food in his mouth and Sivia doesn’t need any more drama. But when the new student, obnoxious and legless Keeley, becomes her project partner, her life becomes even more complicated.
Family friction, peer pressure and her overly controlling father are threats her budding relationship—but prejudices she never knew she had and doesn't want to acknowledge are the biggest hurdle of all.
Though the subject matter is serious, there is also humor in the story.
Welcome Ann! Thanks for coming by. I'm looking forward to finding out a little about you. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a long time I wanted to be a nurse, partly because my mother was a nurse and partly because I liked taking care of everyone's cuts, scrapes, stubbed toes and other assorted minor injuries of childhood. But when I was about 11, I also started thinking about writing. A couple of times I attempted to write a novel, but never finished. It wasn't until I was an adult and talking to a friend about how I'd always wanted to write that I got started at her (very insistent) urging.
What is your favorite season?
When I was growing up, I'd say summer, hand's down. The weather, the swimming and NO SCHOOL (which meant I could read what I wanted to, no homework and lots of daydreaming). Now I love each season as it comes.
Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn?
I've attended both mine and my husband's--we went to the same high school. Yes, we were high-school sweethearts. J I've learned that all the old groups and cliques fall away and everyone is happy to see everyone and catch up on their lives. Also, it doesn't take long for the years to peel back. It's great to visit with people you knew when you were growing up.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
The freedom to express my thoughts in my own words and turn them into a story that (I hope) entertains teaches and/or inspires readers. I also enjoy being able to wear whatever I want, eat when I want and just working for myself in general.
What is the toughest part of being an author?
Sometimes it's facing that blank computer screen on a day when the words don't flow and sometimes it's as simple as not having a co-worker to share a coffee break.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Daydreaming. My first YA novel (Practice Makes Perfect, published by Crosswords, a former YA imprint of Harlequin) was a result of daydreaming about what I would have liked my summers to have been when I was a teenager. After that, it's sitting at the computer and writing at least two sentences. Once I've done that, I'm on my way.
Do you pattern your characters after real people?
A. I might borrow gestures, speech habits, physical features and/or personality quirks from here and there and everywhere, but a character is never patterned after a real person.
If you could be anything other than a writer, what would your second choice be?
My second choice would be to own a racing stable and have a horse that would win the Triple Crown. That was my first childhood dream, and it's still a pretty good one—though not exactly practical. ;)
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