Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lost and Found by Talia Jager : Excerpt & Interview

YA Fiction

Korinne was born addicted to drugs, and life has been headed downhill ever since. After her abusive mom is arrested, Korinne is given a second chance when she’s placed in foster care. There she meets the girl who becomes her best friend and the boy she falls in love with.

When her mother is released from jail, she demands that Korinne be returned to her care. Korinne runs away only to end up living on the streets. After suffering an overdose, she awakes in the hospital…and finds out she’s pregnant.

16-year-old Korinne must pick up the pieces and heal so she can provide a better life for her baby—and for herself.

Lost and Found is recommended for grade 9 and up.

Lost and Found is approximately 69,700 words

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Excerpt from Lost and Found
By Talia Jager
Chapter One
I hid in the closet when I heard the car pull up. Voices got louder as the front door opened. One was Mom’s voice, she was slurring her words and giggling. Clearly she was drunk again. The other voice was deeper, a man’s, not one that I recognized. I shrank back as far as I could and covered myself with my dirty clothes.
“I’m sure she’s here somewhere,” my mother was saying. I could hear footsteps on the wood floors. “Korinne! Where are you, Korinne?” I stayed quiet. “Come out, come out, wherever you are.” The closet door opened—I held my breath. “Where did she go?” she muttered, before walking away. “Sorry, Baby, she must have run out.” I heard the man’s voice again, at first angry, but then I heard the usual moans and groans.

I must have fallen asleep in my hiding spot. I woke up much later. It was chilly and my body ached. It was quiet enough that I risked peeking out from the closet. I tiptoed to the bathroom. The girl in the mirror looked back at me. She had light blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail. There were bags under her dull blue eyes. Her skin was ghostly pale. She was thin and malnourished. I leaned in closer to the mirror. She was hard to recognize, that girl in the mirror—me. 

I snuck back to the closet and slept until morning.
“Korinne!” Mom yelled. “Korinne, if you’re here, you get out here right now!”
I jumped up and scurried to the kitchen where my mother was standing. “Morning,” I muttered.

“Where were you last night?” she demanded.

“Out,” I answered.

“Humph.” She pursed her lips at me. “Next time, you better be here, or you won’t get breakfast.” She threw a donut on the table. I grabbed it and shoved it in my mouth before she changed her mind—which she had done many times before. “Don’t forget your vitamins.” She pointed at the cabinet and then left the room.

Slowly, I went to the cabinet and got out the bottle labeled vitamins. I had known for years they weren’t actually vitamins, but I didn’t know what kind of drugs they were. The one time I tried to stop taking them, I got violently sick, so I started them right back up. I never wanted to feel that bad again, so I continue to take them.
I got dressed and walked to the old, rundown school. Bricks were missing on the outside and the ceiling was falling down on the inside. The only reason I showed up was for the free food. I hated school. The teachers there didn’t care. If one of them did, I wouldn’t still be living at home. I didn’t learn much; there wasn’t enough funding for any real books or supplies. And I didn’t have any friends.

I was a loner, an outcast, and most of the time I liked it that way, but every once in a while, I was lonely.  The food, as bad as school food was, got me through the week. There was never a promise of dinner on the table or even food over the weekend. When it did come, it was usually cold or leftovers from some meal a guy had bought my mother. The food at school was the only food I could rely on.
The next night, when she brought a man home and called for me to go to them, I did. And when that dirty man started touching me, I closed my eyes and went to my peaceful spot until it was over. I got eggs and a muffin for breakfast.
My name is Korinne Cooper and I’m twelve years old.


What book are you reading now?

The Secret Circle by LJ Smith

Tell us about your next release.

The sequel to The Ultimate Sacrifice should be coming out in March. Right now it’s in my editor’s hands. The sequel is something the fans asked for and I hope they are pleased with what happens in the book. It’s about a group of ‘gifted’ teens and by gifted, I mean they can do special things. Kassia is the main character and she is a mind-blower.
I am also co-writing another book with Julia Crane. Our first book was about a teen succubus, this book is going to be about a teen who finds out she’s a fairy.

After that, I will most likely go back to writing some non-paranormal books. I’m hoping to write one about cutting this year.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

LOL! We were outcasts. A group of misfits. Most of the school just saw us as troublemakers, but many of us received good grades, had good relationships with our teachers, and had the best friends anyone could ask for. So, I think we were lucky.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My grandmother. I didn’t appreciate her as much as I should have. She died a long time ago and I’d give anything to have her back for just a day so I could talk to her and learn from her.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

There are so many places I’d like to go! It’s hard to choose just one. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii. It seems like a perfect place to write, but I’m not sure I’d write about anyone from there. There’s a bunch of countries in Europe I’d like to visit including Ireland, Greece, and Italy. I could definitely see writing about families that come from those countries. In fact, Teagan’s family came from Ireland. It would be nice to see the countryside in person.


My name is Talia Jager and I am an author. My passion is to write young adult books. I have been writing... well, forever. I can't remember a time when I wasn't carrying around a notebook or thinking up stories in my head.

I distinctly remember in high school hiding my writing notebook under my class work and writing during class - teacher thought I was taking notes. And at night, when I was supposed to be sleeping, I'd be hiding under the covers with a notebook, pen, and flashlight.

Now, as an adult, I have a laptop that I do most of my writing on. However, I do have a notebook in the car, and another in my bedroom, just in case I come up with a great story idea when I'm not in front of the computer.

Besides writing, I love to read.  Getting lost in another world is an awesome feeling. I also like to play games (both video and board), scrapbook, rollerblade, and travel. Most of all I love to spend time with my family. I am happily married to a wonderful man who supports my writing. We have five beautiful girls who bring me happiness every day.


Doodle said...

Great interview! The book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

Chaantii said...


Laurie said...

The giveaway winner is Aobibliophile. Congrats!