Haunted by his past and what he has to do to control the demons it causes, Scott never lets anyone get close. What if they found out about the fire and what his cousins did afterward? He’s never been in love. Never even spent the night with a girl after having sex.
Then he meets Abby, and it’s like she casts a spell over him. A spell he can’t break, and maybe doesn’t want to. To buy time to decide, he takes a job in another state as an entertainment writer for a newspaper.
Despite all the fun and excitement of the new job, which has him interviewing celebrities and jetting off to New York and Hollywood, he can’t stop thinking about Abby. They continue their long-distance affair while she is finishing grad school, and Scott weighs the options of how to handle the new feelings he’s experiencing.
Can he conquer his demons and have a successful relationship with Abby? Does he want to try? It won’t be easy. And will Abby wait for him while he tries?
Targeted Age Group: Adults and mature teens
Written by: Bob Keaton
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Back in college I dropped out of a creative writing course because the professor was so critical of my work. Instead, I had a successful career in journalism. I’ve covered entertainment and politics for newspapers and also worked for associations and corporations. After early retirement, I wanted to go back and prove I could be successful at creative writing, too. I’ve written four novels, three of which have already been published.
I’m originally from upstate South Carolina, but I don’t think that location influenced my writing as much as other places I’ve lived, including South Florida, the setting for my newest book, Grayer than Grey. San Francisco, where I lived for 12 years, is the location for first novel, Sex is nothing more than a game of tennis. I currently live in Atlanta where my second novel, Our Last Shot, Family Business at Peckerwood, takes place.
Where do I get ideas for my writing? When I’m exercising or in the shower. I have to work an idea or scene through my head before I sit down at the computer. Best advice I’ve ever been given: Trust your readers.
Having spent my early career as a journalist and having worked for three daily newspapers, I tended to provide all the facts, explain everything, leaving nothing to the reader’s imagination. Learning to back off and not reveal everything has been a challenge.
I recently lost my 17-year-old dog, a doxie, which I’m still getting over, and writing helps with that.
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