Monday, March 10, 2014

Finding What Is by Tabitha Vohn: Spotlight and Excerpt


Finding What Is by Tabitha Vohn
Publication date: September 29th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult



Willie has always lived an unconventional life. Surrounded by the sensual, ethereal images of her artist-mother, she fantasizes about the half-wolf, half-human, but all-gorgeous face that stares out at her from her mother’s wall, and drinks in her mother’s stories of past lovers and adventures. She shares her home with a man who calls himself “uncle” (who stalks her through the house, naked). Her closest friends are a band of misfits who’ve forged their own way in life-including Xavier, who has carved his name in her soul- and her heart is torn between him and a college professor, a fellow artist who wants more than a student-teacher relationship.

Willie stands on the brink of womanhood poised to follow in her mother’s footsteps, with a gleaming future as an artist looming before her, and a maturity beyond her years that has enabled her to be the protector and caretaker of others, a mender of wounds. But as a devastating illness rips her mother from her life, Willie is left bereft of a home and of a sense of self. Guided only by her instincts, Willie wanders from her Professor’s arms to the home that Xavier shares with his live-in girlfriend Nicole (who insists that they can “share”). Her path becomes a search for peace, for family, for a love that’s real, and for her place in this world.

Finding What Is chronicles the journey that we all must take-to find ourselves, to reconcile our past, and to get back to that place we once called home.


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Xavier was her most potent addiction. She met him while working as a Student Service Learner in her high school’s office. He had been new, and had been brought in for calling a teacher a “prick”. Apparently, Mr. Kanokee had reduced a fellow classmate to tears over a botched oral presentation. Xavier told him that perhaps, if he had been getting a little more “oral” in his free time, then maybe he wouldn’t be such a prick.

He repeated all of this to the office staff, in a swaggering, offhanded manner that reminded Willie of those old Marlon Brando-rebel movies that she loved. She sat behind the secretary’s desk, pretending to work on filing, and took him in: his hair draped down his shoulder blades and was a rich, chocolate brown with flecks of gold. He had sleepy blue eyes and a full mouth, as beautiful as a woman’s. His left arm was sleeve tattooed, and a small, silver ring adorned his bottom lip. His clothes were worn, but clean.

Xavier went to in-school suspension willingly that day, but not before making Ms. Hannel blush by telling her how beautiful she looked, and winking at Willie, who had worn a smirk on her mouth while watching the scene unfold, telling herself how much of a prick Mr. Kanokee really was, and it was about time someone said it.

The next day, he found her eating lunch by herself, under the row of maple trees at the far end of the school lawn, next to the chainlink fence that separated the academic world from the rest of the real world. It was the place she went to be alone sometimes, when she wanted to avoid the lunchroom idiocy, which was most days if she were honest.

He curled up beside her without saying a word, helping himself to half of her sandwich. He pulled a green apple and a small paring knife out of his pocket. She accepted the pieces that he cut and handed to her.

Finally, he looked at her and said, “I’ve been waiting to do this since yesterday.”


Xavier looked at her in that deep, soulful way that can only be accomplished by beautiful, reckless men. He brushed her hair off of her shoulders and smoothed it down her back. Drawing her into his taut arms, he kissed her, his tongue coursing over hers in firm waves, their mouths coming apart in small gasps, each absence pulling them toward one another more desperately.  Willie inhaled the power of his arms around her, the firmness of his chest beneath her fingers, the surprising smell of oranges in his hair.

Theirs had been a mutual decision that day; to not ask or demand any more from the other than this.



Tabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today. She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.

On Writing, Tabitha says, “I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.”



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