Novel Update: Siolent
Prequel to Where the Bad Seeds Grow
In Where the Bad Seeds Grow, I wrote about Erica Cohen, a high school senior who was dealing with an identity crisis all wrapped up in a murder mystery that she soon found out was entangled with every dark corner her mind held. It was recently a top-ten finalist in the Author Elite Awards. Though I didn't win, I was honored to be considered! (By the way, a huge congrats goes out to Tasha Madison who was the big winner in the young adult category!)
Right before the awards ceremony, I'd tangled with the idea of completely rewriting Where the Bad Seeds Grow because I felt like I published it too soon. And I really felt like it could have been done better. But instead, I've decided to write a prequel that gives readers a taste of the events that led up to the murder mystery.
One of the reasons I felt this was so important was because I didn't feel like I did enough to advocate for sexual assault victims, especially for any young girls who are currently struggling with these issues in their lives.
The prequel will focus solely on the issues of rape culture among a group of fictional high school elite athletes back in the early 1990s. The story starts right as Erica, the protagonist, is getting back into her school routine after secretly spending the summer away at a psychiatric hospital following a suicide attempt that's triggered by a dark event at a high school party during the previous school year. But little does Erica know, that event is ongoing . . . other girls at her high school are being targeted and attacked—and she's determined to do something about it once and for all.
I would love to say I have an expected publishing date for my next novel, but I'm taking some time off to focus on building my author platform for a while, so it won't be finished right away. However, I do hope to have a better idea a year from now of a launch date for this next book.
But if you're curious about Erica's story, you can find out more information about the first novel here: