When Alex left the clinic that day, she thought she could move on from the rape that left her pregnant and the agonizing decision to have an abortion. That is, until the child she thought she left behind contacts her. Terrorized by mysterious phone calls and guilt, Alex feels her sanity slipping away as she becomes convinced that she must find the man who brutalized her to make a family for her dead daughter.
Anti-abortion crusader Tobin Bartell wouldn’t have it any other way. As The Leader of The Movement, when he’s not organizing protests or giving speeches, he’s orchestrating a campaign of harassment against women like Alex…and plotting to kill the local abortion doctor.
And Tobin has no shortage of candidates for the job: Paige wants money, Courtney wants love, Derek wants to belong. Tobin just wants it done…and it doesn’t matter to him who does it.
Life. Death. Murder. It’s all the same to them.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Right now, my favorite quote is by Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” I like it because it reminds me to keep moving forward toward my happiness, even when it seems out of my reach.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
For as long as I can remember, stories were a part of my life. My grandmother read to me a lot when I was really young, so I always loved stories—even before I realized I wanted to write them.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was a kid, I started reading Edgar Allan Poe and I couldn’t stop thinking that I really wanted to make other people feel the way Poe made me feel.
What inspires you to write and why?
Inspiration can come from anywhere—and that’s why I love her so. I can overhear a snippet of a conversation, see a movie, or hear a song and it sparks something inside of me that inspires me to write a story.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
I try to really climb into my characters’ heads when I’m writing them, and sometimes that means I’m trying to understand behavior that I find repugnant. But I need to do that in order to understand them well enough to tell their stories. You have to defend the indefensible when you’re writing villains in order to make them real.