Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.
Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.
The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.
I am a YA writer and middle school teacher. I have a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California, with my dog Mr. Darcy.
When I’m not living in fictional worlds inside my head, I run all sorts of distances, torture my body at CrossFit, and DVR entirely too many television shows. I dream of one day returning to the Midwest to live on a farm. Or perhaps owning a cookie delivery service.
My debut novel CHASING EVELINE releases in 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.
I LOVE music. 80s music especially is a favorite. I love The Smiths (my all-time favorite band ever in the whole world!), Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, The Go-Go’s, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs… Just to name a few (and then some!)
Since Chasing Eveline is all about music and my love for music, you might be wondering if I have a playlist for the novel. Of course I do! It’s a combination of songs that inspired the story (some 80s and some not) and songs that give me all the feels.
Chasing Eveline Mixed Tape
Side A: Ivy’s Theme Songs
- “Blues Run the Game” – Jackson C. Frank
- “Both Sides Now” – Joni Mitchell
- “Downtown Train” – Tom Waits
- “Thieves Like Us” – New Order
- “I Know It’s Over” – The Smiths
Side B: Give Me All the Feels!
- “So Here We Are” – Bloc Party
- “Fake Empire” – The National
- “New York” – Blind Pilot
- “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead
- “State Hospital” – Frightened Rabbit
(Bonus Track) 11. “Believing” – Nashville Cast
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of CHASING EVELINE, US Only.
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