Monday, June 8, 2015

Vanishing Act by Erica Kiefer: Interview with Excerpt

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INTERVIEW


Welcome Erica!   It’s so nice to have you return here with your latest book! Thanks for answering a few questions.  Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
While I have lived in five different (United States, Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand, and Indonesia) and visited a number of other countries in southeast asia, I still dream of traveling to so many other places! I would love to return to New Zealand or visit Samoa.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was in second grade when I decided I wanted to be an author when I grew up. I loved creative writing in school or scripting plays for my siblings (which I directed, of course!). However, this ambition didn’t follow me into high school or college. Instead, I wanted to work with people in the therapy field, so I worked as a Recreation Therapist before trying my hand at writing a novel a number of years later.

What are your favorite TV shows?
When the kids are in bed, I love sharing hanging out with my husband on our sectional and watching Blacklist! When we need something light and funny, we’ll watch New Girl, Modern Family, or a new one for us: Brooklyn nine-nine. If I’m only entertaining myself, my guilty pleasures include Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars.

What is your favorite meal?
Have you been to B.J.’s? My favorite entrĂ©e and dessert are contained in that restaurant! Their parmesan chicken is so delicious! And I always save room for an assortment of pazookies. (Cookies on a hot skillet with melting ice cream on top? Yes, please!)

Do you play any sports?
I miss sports! I used to play regularly in high school all year long (Soccer, touch rugby, and track), and then played college rugby at Brigham Young University. Now that I have kids, it’s hard finding time to play on a team, let alone get my writing time in! However, I do thrive on working out with other people, so once or twice a week I join other highly motivated women at a Mommy Boot Camp. We let our kids play at the park while we sprint, run relays, lift weights and work our abs on the grass beside them!

How do you react to a bad review of your book?
A year and a half ago when I published my first book, Lingering Echoes, I was so sensitive to a bad review! Knowing someone thought poorly of my storyline or flawed characters really bothered me, especially if they made assumptions about my character as an author. Fortunately, I have (in the wise words of T-Swift) “shake it off” and smile at the more abundant positive reviews! There is no way to please everyone. To each their own! 


Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
I am most definitely an introvert! My friends would describe me as social and friendly and it’s true—I don’t have a hard time making conversation and I love getting together with friends for a girl’s night! But I definitely like to limit myself. I don’t multi-task well, nor do I enjoy spreading myself too thin in my personal life. I’ve only ever had a small close-knit group of friends at a time, as far as opening up to them about personal or emotional issues in my life. It’s just easier and more natural for me to focus on a smaller number of people than try to connect deeply with a huge crowd.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
Kate Palmer is the lead character and heroine of the story. She has a tender heart that can’t help but drag along the responsibilities and burden of others, namely her family. Having been judged and misunderstood herself, she gives others the benefit of the doubt, perhaps to a fault.


Aaron Jackson, our hero, captures Kate’s heart from their first interaction. He’s genuine and fun to be around because he’s always ready for a good time. He loves to make others smile, especially when he can see hurt in their eyes. Aaron is protective, a trait he naturally grew into as an older brother of four younger sisters. Oh, and did I forget to mention he’s tall, blond, and one good-looking athlete? ;)


ABOUT THE BOOK


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Title:  Vanishing Act
Series:  Lingering Echoes #3 (Standalone)
Author:  Erica Kiefer
Published:  May 26th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning:  Violence, drug usage, abuse
Recommended Age: 14+

Synopsis:  A fresh start at college is exactly what Kate needs to ease the burden of her family secrets. When she meets the confident and charming Aaron Jackson, she weaves a new history for herself to fit into his seemingly perfect life. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs, causing a rift between their contrasting worlds.


When Ben reappears in Kate’s life, she is only pulled deeper into the childhood that she’s tried to forget. Driven by the abuse and pain that still lingers within him, Ben seeks Kate’s help in making a change. But in this journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge.


Bound by their shared and damaged youth, Kate is forced to choose sides, and fast. The final act is almost here, and time is running out.


Vanishing Act is a Lingering Echoes novel that can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone story. Fueled by the scars from an experience in foster care that no child should have to endure, Vanishing Act touches on serious issues that can continue to impact abuse victims well into their adult lives. Vanishing Act is an emotional drama with a sweet romance mixed in.





Excerpt from Vanishing Act by Erica Kiefer:

My vision blurred like I was walking outside in the rain. It may as well have been raining, with how emotionally drenched and defeated I felt as I marched out of my neighborhood. I didn’t know where I was going. Despite the familiar street, I felt lost and confused. I just knew I needed to keep moving, afraid that if I stood still, the storm of emotions would drown me.


Aaron became a silent companion at my side, keeping fast pace with my hurried steps. My thoughts stewed inside my head, a dangerous concoction of fear, hurt, and fury. My whole life I had worked to salvage this family. My entire purpose for going to college was to help us survive, even if our heads were barely above water. But it seemed the minute I’d left the house, both father and son were falling apart, sabotaging my efforts.


Aaron seemed to sense I was about to boil over because he eventually took my hand and pulled me onto the grass. He stood in front of me with both hands on my shoulders, trying to look into my eyes. I shook my head, knowing if I spoke one word that too many more would spew out of my mouth—bitter and resentful—and I’d never be able to take them back. Aaron’s hands moved to my back and he wrapped me in his arms, pulling my face against his chest. His strong hands pressed into my shoulder blades, holding me together like fractured porcelain.


I let the warm tears fall, one by one. I hoped that by keeping my eyes pulled tightly shut, that the tears wouldn’t find an exit. But they did—streaming one after the other until each droplet became a river, a driving current of emotion merging together. It would have felt dangerous without Aaron’s embrace, but I felt safe anchored in his arms.




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About the Author:
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007. Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. Erica’s first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and released in early November 2013.






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