NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED
Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?
I’m a writer, avid reader, and HufflePuff, who wants a re-do at the sorting hat. I am a wife and proud mom, too.
I’ve earned my MSW and have worked with foster kids. Writing has been my other great love.
I have published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues and wrote short stories since I was a kid. A longer story began keeping me up at night, and I finished my first novel! I am now thrilled to announce that this story, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced has found a home at The Parliament House!
Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (81,000 words, mystery, suspense) – Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where a group of teens must unravel secrets in order to expose the town’s dark past.
1. What is on your nightstand?
I have a clock radio, my Sponge Bob flash drive and my tablet and a small humidifier. (Kind of boring.)2. What author would you totally fan?
I fangirl over Ransom Riggs because I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I would get excited if I met Stephen Chbosky because I’ve never gotten over The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If I met J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or Anne Rice I would be in complete and utter awe. Could you imagine seeing them at a Taco Bell?3. What makes you cringe? Embarrassing moments, my own and others, too. I still cringe at some awkward moments I had in high school. My freshmen year I was responsible for doing my own laundry and had no clean clothes to wear to school one morning. I grabbed jeans from the dirty laundry just in time to catch the bus. Now, please keep in mind I was extremely timid and a big-time wallflower. As I walked into study hall first hour a pair of underwear fell from my pants leg. They were still in the jeans from the last time I had worn them. Everybody noticed, but the teacher. A mean girl commented out loud, “She is such a freak,” and a little-perverted freshmen boy swept them up, smirking. I never got my underwear back and still, cringe when I think of this.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I do a little of both. The story unfolds in my head, but sometimes it takes curious turns when I am putting down on paper.5. Is there a word you love to use?
I have always had a thing for the word ‘nocturnal,’ and I guess that’s why I worked it into the title. I also love the word resilient. People and adolescents, in particular, are so resilient. I think that is why I like to write YA.
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