Published by Month 9
Don’t break the rules…
Max Winter is a janitor at a ritzy boarding school. He’s supposed to keep to himself, mind his business, stay quiet about the things he sees, sweep the floors, and under no circumstances is he to have any contact with the residents. Now, Max will break every last one of those rules when he meets Ace Valentine.
Don’t follow your heart…
Ace Sloane finds out she’s on the wrong side of a war she no longer believes in fighting. Now, she’ll risk everything to get her life back from the people who stole it, including getting too close to exactly the wrong boy.
Don’t get caught…
Grey Winter lost both parents in a fire that should’ve killed her as well. A “miracle baby,” Grey is sent to live with her Nana who should have told her the truth about who and what she really is. Now she’s at the forefront of a cover-up, all-out manhunt, and the object of one boy’s interest she doesn’t want or need. It’s up to Grey to connect the dots and bring an end to the secrets and lies that have caused so much pain and suffering for so long.
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Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan.
My desk is full of trinkets, probably a holdover from my school librarian days. I’m a “stuff” girl. I’m always collecting and displaying. My Funko Pop collection has reached ridiculous proportions, but I can’t help myself. I love them! I keep a stack of my own books on my desk. One day I hope the pile will be too large to do so. My Iron Man sticker on my laptop is one of my favorite accessories. Also, you can barely make it out, but there’s a pirate ship on one of the shelves that is inspiration for a project on which I’m currently working.
10 Favorite Books and 1 that isn’t (make us guess which one!)
· I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
· Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
· The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
· The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
· Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
· The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright
· Paradise Lost by John Milton
· Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
· On Writing by Stephen King
· The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
· Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
Anything and everything by Lois Duncan, but especially Stranger With My Face. I grew up around the corner from the Santa Clara Public Library and it was my favorite place away from home. I gobbled books as a child. I read Nancy Drew, The Bobsey Twins, Sweet Valley High, anything I could get my hands on. But Lois Duncan stood out as my favorite author. I emailed her at the start of my career and she very graciously responded. I still have the email saved.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
When I wanted to focus on writing, to really make it a career, I followed Aimee Bender’s advice to carve out time and space for myself. I would hang a sign on my bedroom door letting my kids know I was not to be disturbed unless they were bleeding or missing limbs for two hours. This helped me set a routine. What also helped was participating in NANO, and learning how to churn out 2000 words a day no matter what.
Now that my kids are older and in school full time, a typical day for me goes like this: wake up, have coffee, maybe get in a work out, and sit down to write by 10 am. I write with music on and earbuds in. I usually leave my phone, aka my Twitter addiction, in another room. I aim for 1500-2000 words a day, but it doesn’t always happen. Some days I write 200 and others I’ve written 10,000. If I said I write every day I’d be lying. I don’t. And I don’t think anyone needs to. What’s important is to be productive and work in a way that works for you.
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