I have some exciting news (at least for me).
I am officially an author!
My debut novel, The Half Theft (by Brooke Nelson), is a young adult suspense story I have been working on for years. For those of you who prefer books that are part of a series, you will be happy to hear it is the first half of what I plan to make a duology.
It comes out on November 1st on Amazon. You can pick up a print copy or a Kindle edition. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited!
Now onto the interesting stuff…
Charlie Riverson led a mundane life in the nearly abandoned city of Collinswood. Always had. Always would, at least that’s what he preferred to believe. It eased his mind far more than the truth of his life as of lately—the reality of the unexplainable crime attempted in his home, just three months after the disappearance of his best friend, and a possible link between the two.
The link? The Ducartes, the city’s most notorious family of homicidal madmen—and woman—who spent the majority of their time carrying out promises of revenge upon anyone who dared to disobey them. Most dangerous of all were the children, Grant and Naomi, the two who executed their father’s plans, no matter how gruesome.
Charlie now found himself at the intersection of a terrific and terrible realization. The good news: There was a chance, even if a small one, that Charlie might yet be able to rescue his friend. The bad news: The key to her whereabouts led him straight to the very family he wanted to distance himself from most.
Why I Write
I will not lie and tell you English has always been my favorite subject, or that I’ve wanted to author a book since I was 3 years old, or anything like that. I have always found English classes to be fairly easy for me—I will admit that—but that isn’t the whole of my story.
My decision to write a book came to me a couple years ago when I realized two things about myself. First, I needed a healthy way to cope with anxiety. And secondly, I’m a tad bit of a control freak. I knew that meant I needed something to replace that voice inside my head telling me everything will not be okay with something that tells me the opposite, but that something also had to be entirely my own. And what is easier to make your own than your very own book?
As it turns out, anxiety + control freak tendencies equals a novel.
From there, I wrote a couple chapters, asked for opinions, and was floored by the positive feedback I received. I was finally given the chance to finish my book under somewhat unfortunate circumstances: at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Each day I would finish my online classes as quickly as possible—though college can admittedly be tough work sometimes—so I could sit down to write out or edit another chapter.
After months of writing and rewriting, I was immensely excited when I realized I had finally finished. I had a draft sitting in front of me that I could honestly be proud of.
And that it what I am putting out into the world. My final draft. My slightly creepy, slightly violent, more-than-a-little-mysterious young adult suspense story, full of twists and turns and characters with the most curious responses to their unfortunate circumstances. And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
To those that have already contacted me to speak to me about my book, I want to give you the biggest thank you.
You have no idea how happy it makes me to know you are interested in my work. I love speaking with all of you.
Thank you in advance to anyone who plans to pick up a copy. I deeply appreciate your support!