An interview with Kara from
Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Well, I literally dreamt of a beautiful dark-haired young girl and an older male sage giving me flowers on a warm and humid night by the ocean. Living in the bleak Michigan winter at the time, I knew it was a sign. My so-called friend Chris, his girlfriend Sunny, and their friend Ronnie (whom I never met) were heading west to California in Chris’s VW van, so I begged them to let me ride along. I didn’t know where I was going, and now sitting here alone in the New Mexico wilderness, I wonder if I’ll ever find safe passage to the paradise I dreamt of…
Tell us about your family.
I’d rather not. They are partially to blame for this mess. Nonetheless, there’s not much to tell. I’m the only child of divorced parents. My father owns a restaurant and bar, which was linked to Daniel’s death, and was why I so desperately needed to get away. Mom and my stepfather, Marty, have been married for five years. Marty’s okay. He owns an excavating company, and he and mom are obsessed with having a baby. I haven’t spoken to them since I left, about a month ago. I guess a phone call is in order, but the nearest pay phone is miles away from here.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I’ve had several of the scariest moments of my life in the past week. I consider myself lucky to be sitting here answering these questions. Since I have no idea where I’m at, I may have to get back to you on that.
What songs are played most on your iPod?
What’s an iPod? It’s 1994, I’ve never heard of such a thing. However, my favorite band is Pearl Jam. Luckily, the radio in the van still works.
What would we find under your bed?
Well, Rock-n-Roll said he found a rattlesnake under the van this morning. He’s the one who found me out here. I’m staying with him and Mike at their campsite in a dried up riverbed, until I can figure out how I’m going to get out of here before Chris, Ronnie, and Sunny catch up with me. Rock-n-Roll is teaching me self-defense tactics so I can better protect myself.
What’s the next big thing?
ABOUT THE BOOK
Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick
by N.R. Leigh
GENRE: New Adult/Coming of Age
Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick follows the intertwining journeys of three young women in the mid-1990s who go on the road and off the grid, and leave their worlds behind. Each woman falls into a dangerous subculture of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in an attempt to attain her own sense of peace, love, and freedom.
KARA, a middle-class Midwestern girl, flees her painful past after a tragic accident claims a loved one, only to learn—after a violent attack—that there’s no safety among friends or strangers. Survival rests in her hands alone as she escapes into the wilderness of New Mexico.
NATASHA, born into privilege, rebels against her family’s expectations as she follows the Grateful Dead concert tour circuit, selling contraband and exploring her sexual freedom.
AMY, an impoverished Southern belle, becomes love-struck when an exotic drifter passes through town, deciding to leave home and follow him.
This intricately interwoven coming-of-age tale delves into the connection between strangers and the premise that the grand orchestration of life goes well beyond chance.
Friday, February 25, 1994
Well, that didn’t go as planned. I can’t believe this even happened!
Everything was going fine. I left the cow pasture, and there were only a few semi--‐‑trucks and travelers on the road. Once on I‑25 south, I kept my eyes peeled for cops or anyone else who could have been tailing me—nothing. After about an hour behind the wheel, I pulled into a truck stop outside of Las Vegas. (The New Mexico one, not Nevada’s.) I put on some baggy clothes and tucked my hair under a greasy--‐‑smelling Red Sox cap that I’d found in the van. I was trying not to attract much attention—driving a VW bus does enough of that on its own. I should get rid of it.
I parked near the semi--‐‑trucks, went inside, and heated a microwave burrito. They had showers for $1.25 and I desperately needed one but knew I didn’t have time. I wanted to get as far south as I could. I even wondered if I should have slept during the day and driven at night. I wish I had; then none of this would have happened.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
N.R. Leigh began her writing career in 2007 as a featured columnist for the guerrilla newspaper The Uncommon Sense. She since has written books as an expert on personal health and wellness under the pseudonym Nicci Leigh.
She was inspired to write her debut novel, Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick, by a conversation with a friend, who described a newspaper article regarding the events that surrounded a group of hippies’s visit to her small town and the havoc they caused. This crazy, fascinating account, coupled with N.R.’s experiences traveling the United States in her early 20s, gave birth to her story.
N.R. has a background in education and teaches aesthetics, yoga, Reiki, and related holistic modalities. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, she currently lives in a rural coastal community in southwest Florida with her family and their Australian Kelpie, Sydney, who believes she’s a Tasmainian Devil.
N.R is inspired by funny people and those who create positive change and peace. Her friends and family describe her as driven, strong, silly, and independent. Something most people don’t know about her is that, at age eighteen, she aided police in the capture of a team of bank robbers.
N.R. is working on her first fiction series, Imagine Yasmin.
Author website: www.nrleigh.com
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